History of Photography

 

Syllabus Subject to Change

 

Policies to Review

 

All Exams will be online, take-home, and open book. They will require that you are reading the textbook.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER PRESENTATION EXPLANATION

 

TWO WEEKS

 

Unit 1: The Invention of Photography

 

At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

 

Identify the major early inventors and inventions.

Identify and examine the social and cultural ideas of the 19th century that influenced the invention of photography.

Identify and explain some of the social benefits or harm that some believed photography would bring to the 19th century.

Textbook readings of Chapters 1 & 2

 

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

Before Photography - https://youtu.be/me5ke7agyOw

Camera Obscura: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-visual-delights-of-camera-obscura/

Fox Talbot - https://youtu.be/_MWJp9w3F50

Anna Atkins - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2jr0tl

Daguerreotype - https://youtu.be/d932Q6jYRg8

Talbotype/Calotype - https://youtu.be/ZwV-HikQ63I

Cyanotype - https://youtu.be/3s0hiBi5c4Y

 

 

Online Only Course:

Instructor presentation/lecture highlighting key reading concepts & expand upon inventions & inventors – PDF with audio.

Discussion – Topic: social and cultural factors contributing to the rise of photography; based on readings, and presentation.

Unit Quiz – Based upon chapter readings and  presentation(s).

Discussion – Restate a social benefit or harm/criticism by the invention of photography as described in the readings.   Agree or disagree with that statement about photography and explain your reasoning.

 

 

THREE WEEKS

 

Unit 2: The Expansion of Users and Purposes

 

At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

 

Identify and analyze the goals and controversies of “High Art” photography

Identify practitioners who contributed to the expanded use of photography

Identify the expanded uses of photography

Identify and examine the impact of new technology on the expanded uses of photography

Describe the social impact of the global spread of photography.

Textbook readings of Chapters 3-5

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

Julia Margaret Cameron - https://youtu.be/VqnVLwRagbs

Civil War - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/photography-that-changed-the-way-we-view-war/

Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade: http://www.nationalcenter.org/ChargeoftheLightBrigade.html

Mathew Brady - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mathew-bradys-vision/?no-ist#ooid=5lODN1MTpR1aaXxx2bXH8AjcMipqKJ7P

Carleton Watkins: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/about-carleton-watkins-116195/?no-ist

Carleton Watkins: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/how-carleton-watkins-saved-yosemite-valley

Woodburytype: https://youtu.be/cOqsaCu-_yw

Albumen Print - https://youtu.be/6JDfdHWBVG4

 

 

Online Only Course:

Instructor presentation/lecture highlighting key reading concepts & expand upon Photography as Art – PDF with audio.

Discussion  – State whether or not you believe Lewis Carroll's photographs of children are controversial. Why were they controversial then and are they still controversial now? Include information from the material provided in this unit to backup your argument.

http://petapixel.com/2014/04/18/look-unknown-controversial-photography-career-lewis-carroll/

 Unit Quiz – Based upon chapter readings and online presentation(s). Graded –

Discussion  – Describe the impact of war photography on public opinion about war. What is the impact of war photography today in the United States? Include two practitioners of war photographers from the readings and describe their work as part of your argument.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR 10 MINUTE PRESENTATIONS ON PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

 

THREE WEEKS

 

Unit 3: Modernism and Photography

 

At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

 

Explain and analyze how photography affected mass media in the three decades leading up to World War I

Describe and identify the rise of philosophical and aesthetic movements in photography around the turn of the 20th

Examine and identify the technology that influenced the rise of the various forms of modernism in photography

Identify and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of photography as a form of activism

Textbook readings of Chapters 6 & 7

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

ALFRED STIEGLITZ: https://youtu.be/nt0RTSmfnQk

EDWARD STEICHEN: http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/5623

GERTRUDE KASEBIER: https://youtu.be/4Uh0l-Qh6lQ

JACOB RIIS  https://youtu.be/VFaPy2Ye0kU

http://www.history.com/topics/new-york-city/videos/jacob-riis#

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91981589

LEWIS HINE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqEBO3Fimek

 

UNIT 3 QUIZ

 

 

ONLINE COURSE ONLY

 

Instructor presentation/lecture highlighting key reading concepts & expanding upon Riis & Hine – PDF with audio.

Activity: View Art 21 Video on Carrie Mae Weems  http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/carrie-mae-weems/ (chapters 6-8) for upcoming discussion forum - ULO 4

Discussion  – Based on the historical work of Lewis Hine and Jacob Riis and the current work of Carrie Mae Weems, state whether or not you believe a photographer can be an effective activist today.  Include information from the material provided in this unit to backup your argument

Unit Quiz – Based upon chapter readings and presentation(s). Graded –

Discussion – Discuss and analyze influence of experimental modernistic styles on mass media and commercial photography. Refer to the readings.

Mid Term Exam – Covers Chapters 1-7; slide identification with essay response (approx. 15 images).

 

 

 

TWO WEEKS

 

Unit 4: New Vision and Photography

 

At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

 

Identify the practitioners and work of the “New” movements between the World Wars.

Describe the further split between straight and experimental photographic movements

Describe and examine the impact of experimental photography on mass-media.

Describe and contrast work made for propaganda and work made for documentary purposes.

Textbook readings of Chapters 8 & 9

 

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

Hindenburg Recording: https://archive.org/details/SF145

BAUHAUS: http://youtu.be/xYrzrqB0B8I

Dadaism: http://arthistory.about.com/video/What-is-Dadaism-.htm

Surrealism: http://arthistory.about.com/video/What-is-Surrealism-.htm

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei45S87R2dk

Andre Kertesz: http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Andre-Kertesz.html

WWII Newsreel: https://youtu.be/dJpdxOK97Aw

GRASS Film Documentary 1923: https://youtu.be/FdnL0CkRdkk

Nanook of the North Film Documentary 1922: https://youtu.be/uoUafjAH0cg

Walker Evans: https://youtu.be/gSFj3Sd-gqs

Margaret Bourke White: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVzRbbCFeCA

Roy Stryker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2evetKoLdw

Harold Edgerton: https://youtu.be/2rqad0feX6M

Science Textbook Photography: http://fphoto.com

 

 

ONLINE ONLY

 

View instructor’s presentation/lecture highlighting key reading concepts & expand upon propaganda & photography – PDF with audio.

Discussion – Compare two types of photography with opposing philosophies from the readings (dadaism, photomontage, precisionism, etc.) and name at least one practitioner each from that movement. Describe the movement and the photographer's work

Unit Quiz – Based upon chapter readings and online presentation(s). Graded –

Discussion – Choose a photographer from the FSA (not Walker Evans). Describe their work and state whether you believe their work is propaganda or documentary

 

 

TWO WEEKS

 

Unit 5: Recording Global Cultures and Events

 

Textbook readings of Chapters 10 & 11

 

At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

 

Identify the practitioners of human condition/photojournalism style photography.

Identify the photographers and curators who laid the foundation for including photography in museum exhibitions.

Describe the effect of a post World War II era on photography and photojournalism in particular.

Identify and analyze the movements involving realism and neutrality in photography.

Discuss the impact of John Szarkowski on photography as art.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

FAMILY OF MAN: http://photohistory.jeffcurto.com

Graciela Iturbide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66DmEqzd8Sk

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: http://www.manuelalvarezbravo.org

Raghubir Singh: https://youtu.be/nrqFp6Yy534

Shomei Tomatsu: https://youtu.be/dx0a00FENLA

Daido Moriyama: https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/daido-moriyama-social-rebellion-1960s-japan/

Robert Frank: http://www.npr.org/2009/02/13/100688154/americans-the-book-that-changed-photography

William Klein: https://youtu.be/7g9IksGqiUM

Garry Winogrand: https://youtu.be/3RM9KcYEYXs

Diane Arbus: https://youtu.be/sbsrJTjV8BI

Aperture Foundation: http://aperture.org

Roy Decarava: https://youtu.be/cno0C-cdOWE

Stephen Schore: https://vimeo.com/73235611

Kennedy Assassination (graphic warning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU83R7rpXQY

ONLINE COURSE ONLY

 

Instructor presentation/lecture highlighting key reading concepts & expand upon John Szarkowski

Discussion – How did the end of WWII affect the style of photography in the United States? (based on readings and video)

Unit Quiz – Based upon chapter readings and online presentation(s). Graded –

Discussion – Describe one change Szarkowski made on the art photography world.

 

 

Unit 6: The Convergence of Movements

 

At the end of this unit, the student will be able to:

 

Identify recent and current photographers and their work.

Identify and analyze more current art practices/movements in photography and the effects of Globalism and digital photography.

Describe and examine the more current issues of what is acceptable to photograph in terms of nudity and violence.

Discuss how the history of photography influences present photographers.

Textbook readings of Chapters 12-14

 

Instructor presentation/lecture highlighting key reading concepts & expand upon digital imaging and truth in photography

Unit Quiz – Based upon chapter readings and online presentation(s). Graded –

Discussion  – How has globalism affected the current state of photography? What are some of the issues that have arisen with the introduction of digital photography? Include at least one photographer who uses digital photography in your statement.

Activity: View Art 21 Video on Cindy Sherman

http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/cindy-sherman/

Discussion  – Based on readings and video, identify and choose a more current photographer from the readings. Discuss how they were influenced by historical movements or historical photographers. You may make your own conclusion not supported in the textbook; Refer to the video and readings.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

Joel Meyerowitz:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPptJuLy9Nk&nohtml5=False

Mary Ellen Mark:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w2aaO9WYh4&nohtml5=False

Andreas Gursky:  https://vimeo.com/22353438 -  https://www.artsy.net/artist/andreas-gursky

 

A New Social Documentary (Post Modernism)

Cindy Sherman:  http://www.christies.com/features/cindy-shermans-untitled-film-stills-4973-3.aspx

Shirin Neshat:  https://vimeo.com/12001194

Andres Serrano:  https://www.vice.com/video/serrano-shoots-cuba-part-1

Nikki Lee:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI8xpJItPVI

 

Appropriation

Martha Rosler: Bring the War Home

Barbara Kruger: https://vimeo.com/111582602

Sherrie Levine: http://www.azquotes.com/author/29511-Sherrie_Levine

Other Appropriation Art

Richard Prince

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/30/8691257/richard-prince-instagram-photos-copyright-law-fair-use

 

 

Happening now

 

Thomas Roma:  https://vimeo.com/147947183

 

 

FINAL EXAM

 

 

GRADE BREAKDOWN:

 

QUIZZES 33 - MIDTERM/FINAL 34 - PRESENTATION 33