Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course involves the discussion of texts central to the theories and histories of photography, to facilitate understanding of key concepts that inform the rapid production and circulation of images in our mediated age.
Our discussions of photography will be organized into four categories: the ontology of photography (encompassing attributes unique to photography, such as indexicality, connection to time and place, trigger for human memory); documentary practice; photography's place within the transition from modernism to postmodernism; and photography's privileged position within contemporary art, including factors such as scale and seriality, and the connections between the still and the moving image. Students will be asked to generate images in response to several readings to foster our shared dialogue.
Texts include a selection of articles, available electronically, along with the following books:
Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. Trans. Robert Howard. New York: Hill and Wang, 2010.
Bell, Adam, and Charles H. Traub, eds. Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015.
Shore, Robert. Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014.
Wells, Liz. The Photographer Reader. Abingdon, England: Routledge, 2002.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Prerequisites: This course is open to doctoral students only.
Students should have access to a still or video camera, and should be able to output their images to print or digital media. Visual responses may be generated using basic consumer-level photographic processes.
Evaluation Criteria: Course requirements include active participation in class discussions, in-class presentation and review essay, annotated bibliography of selected readings (six one-page annotations), visual images created to correspond to the four discussion categories.