This course surveys the history of photography from its technical beginnings in the 1830s to the use of photographic technologies in current postmodern practice. The course focuses on selected practitioners and aesthetic movements from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the interaction of photography with mass media, including commercial photography and photojournalism. Emphasis is placed on the socio-political and aesthetic roles photography plays in culture and its use as "evidence" in classification, photojournalism, anthropology, and forensics.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework including 6 credits of 100 or 200-level AHIS

Course Outlines

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