Fine Arts | History of Photography: The First One Hundred Years
A450 | 25719 | Laura Smith


Undergraduate Student section:
This course will be a survey of history of photography from the
medium’s conception in the late18th century through to the debates in
the early part of the 20th century about photography’s relationship to
artistic and social issues.  Rather than present a singular history,
however, this course examines photography through a collection of
histories of the various institutions, nations, and contexts in which
photographs have been put to work.  While the emphasis of the course
will be on the photographies of the United States, France, and
England, we will also glance at the camera work done in India, Japan,
Mexico, and Africa.  The class is structured around a series of themes
including invention, landscape, portraits, vernaculars, empire,
surveillance, war, medicine, art, anthropology, modernism, revolution,
surrealism, and families.  As a media of popular culture, students
will examine the interaction of photography with mass media, including
documentary and commercial photography, and photojournalism.  We will
divide our time between individual photographers and their work and
such things as the business of photography, the cultural and social
contexts of photography and its’ practices, and a consideration of
theoretical issues.