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|
|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|