Course Description for History of Photography
History of Photography
A selected overview of the history of photography from its invention in the 19th century to the present day. Photographic practice will be examined from a number of vantage points including: technique and utilitarian function, sociopolitical context and aesthetics. The following areas will be investigated: prehistory and invention of photography; portraiture, landscape, and expeditionary photography; social documentary photography; photography as artistic experiment; photography and postmodern practice; and photography in the digital age.