What matters most is staying up with reading and viewing assignments and participating actively in class. In addition, you will be responsible for the following.
(1¼-2 pages, ongoing)
Three short essays, 1¼ to 2 pages, to be spaced out over the semester, on photography in life and literature. Some will be presented and discussed in class.
- On photography as it appears in a film, novel, or short story
- On photography as it plays a role in life
(4 pages, due Week #8)
A brief study of an example of vernacular photography, either from one's own family albums or some other source.
Practice and Impact
(5 pages, due Week #10)
An essay on photographic practice and its impact. Either some aspect of depression-era photography, or colonial photographs of non-western peoples.
Critical Discussion of Claims/Theories/Interpretations
(2 pages, due Week #11)
Brief critical discussion of one point in theories/claims/interpretations of photography.
Interpretation of Pictures
(3 pages, due Week #12)
Discussion and analysis of one set of photographs (a photo-essay, a book, one photographer's work).
|WEEK # ||TOPICS ||KEY DATES |
|1 ||Introduction || |
|2 ||The power and ambiguity of photography || |
|3 ||Looking at faces || |
|4 ||Snaps/albums/postcards/itinerants, everyday photography and people's lives ||First mini essay/report due |
|5 ||Truth and deception || |
|6 ||Advertising photography and gender || |
|7 ||Photographing the Great Depression ||Second mini essay/report due |
|8 ||Imperialism and photography ||Brief study on vernacular photography |
|9 ||Muck-raking, advocacy, and propaganda ||Third mini essay/report due |
|10 ||Photographing people's lives: photo-essays and photo-ethnography ||Essay on photographic practice and impact due |
|11 ||Looking at pictures, thinking about photography ||Critical discussion of claims/theories/interpretations |
|12 ||War and suffering in the picture ||Interpretation of pictures |