This page contains photo and movie assignments for each class session. Full citations for all photo sources are listed below.

1 Introduction

“A Day in the New York Times.” Selections from The New York Times, December 30, 2007. ( PDF)

“Very Brief History of Photographic Technology.” ( PDF - 9.3MB)

2 The power and ambiguity of photography

“Schools and Phases in Photographic Art.” ( PDF - 9.3MB)

Selections from The Photographer’s Eye. ( PDF - 9.2MB)

3 Looking at faces

“The Afghan Girl.” ( PDF)

“19th Century Portraits and Society.” Selections from Beautiful and Damned. ( PDF - 3.4MB)

“20th Century Portrait Photography.” Selections from Theatre of the Face. ( PDF)

“Physiognomy.” Selections from New Physiognomy. ( PDF)

“Faces and Expressions: the Criminal and Insane.” Selections from Beautiful and the Damned and Beauty of Another Order. ( PDF 1 of 2 - 9.6MB) ( PDF 2 of 2 - 2.6MB)

“August Sander, German Portraits.” Selections from Men Without Masks. ( PDF)

4 Snaps/albums/postcards/
itinerants, everyday photography and people’s lives

“American Snapshots.” Selections from Art of the American Snapshot. ( PDF)

“American Postcards.” Selections from Real Photo Postcard Guide. ( PDF - 1.9MB)

“French Family Snapshots as Art.” Selections from The Boyhood Photographs of J. H. Lartigue. ( PDF - 4.4MB)

“Royal Snaps.” Selections from Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book and p. 548 in Lenman, Oxford Companion. ( PDF - 5.8MB)

“A Professor’s Family Pictures.” Selections from Prof. Howe’s personal collection. (Images unavailable.)

“A Lebanese Portrait Studio.” Selections from Hashem El Madani and Mapping Sitting. ( PDF)

“Guatemalan Itinerant Photographers.” Selections from Los Ambulantes. ( PDF)

“Memento Mori: Recording the Dead.” Selections from Forget Me Not. ( PDF - 1.9MB)

“Jewish Memorial Books.” Selections from From a Ruined Garden. ( PDF)

Movie: “Photo Wallahs.” David and Judith McDougall, 1992.

5 Truth and deception

“Spirit Photography.” pp. 20-23, 29-34, 73-78, and 92-94 in The Perfect Medium and p. 308 in Houdini. ( PDF - 9.9MB)

“Disappearing Commissars.” Selections from The Commissar Vanishes.

Movie: “Telegrams from the Dead.” Directed by Rocky Collins. The American Experience. PBS, 1994.

6 Advertising photography and gender

“Gender in Advertising.” Selections from Gender Advertisements. ( PDF)

“Fashion Photography.” Selections from Elle, February 2007. (Images unavailable.)

7 Photographing the Great Depression

“Documenting the Depression.” Selections from Documenting America. ( PDF 1 of 2 - 9.8MB) ( PDF 2 of 2 - 9.5MB)

Selections from Roll Jordan Roll. ( PDF)

Selections from You Have Seen Their Faces. ( PDF)

Selections from An American Exodus. ( PDF - 7.7MB)

Selections from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. ( PDF - 8.4MB)

Selections from Land of the Free. ( PDF - 2.4MB)

Selections from Fruit Tramps. ( PDF)

8 Imperialism and photography

“Pictures from the National Geographic.” Selections from issues from the 1930s, 1950s, and the modern day. ( PDF)

Selections from Martín Chambi. ( PDF)

Selections from The Vanishing Race. ( PDF - 9.9MB)

Selections from Last of the Nuba. ( PDF)

9 Muck-raking, advocacy, and propaganda

“Muckraking.” ( PDF - 1.1MB)

“Slaves and Prisons.” Selections from “ Africa’s Children: Struggles of Youth.New York Times, October 29, 2006.

Selections from Death in the Making. ( PDF)

“Environmental Propaganda.” Selections from This is the American Earth and The Hand of Man on America. ( PDF)

Selections from House of Bondage. ( PDF)

“Minamata.” Selections from Minamata. ( PDF)

Selections from Living with the Enemy. ( PDF)

“Genocide in Paraguay?” Selections from The Indian Peoples of Paraguay. ( PDF)

“Sebastião Salgado.” Selections from An Uncertain Grace. ( PDF)

“Death Camp Guards Have Fun.” Selections from Wilkinson, Alec. “ Picturing Auschwitz.” New Yorker, March 17, 2008. ( PDF)

Movie: “The Other Half Revisited.” Pacific Street Films, 1998.

10 Photographing people’s lives: photo-essays and photo-ethnography

“Trobriand Islanders.” Selections from Malinowski’s Kiriwina. ( PDF - 1.9MB)

Selections from Balinese Character. ( PDF)

“The Grand Valley Dani.” Selections from Gardens of War and New Guinea Photographs, 1961. ( PDF)

Selections from The Edge of the Forest. ( PDF)

“Mourning in Greece.” Selections from The Death Rituals of Rural Greece. ( PDF)

“Weaving in Chiapas.” Selections from Weaving Generations Together. ( PDF)

“Indigenous Photography: Corn.” Selections from Ixim; Maíz; Corn. ( PDF)

Selections from My Little Sister Cristina. ( PDF)

“Preparing a Photo-ethnography.” Selections from Prof. Howe’s collection. (Images unavailable.)

Selections from “Pamplona Bullfight.” ( PDF)

Selections from “ A Country Doctor.” ( PDF)

Selections from “ Spanish Village.” ( PDF)

11 Looking at pictures, thinking about photography

“Photo-manipulation.” ( PDF) (Used with permission.)

12 War and suffering in the picture Movie: “ War Photographer.” Directed by Christian Frei. 2001.

Photo Sources

Adams, Ansel, and Nancy Newhall. This is the American Earth. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club, 1960.

Agee, James, and Walker Evans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: the American Classic, in Words and Pictures, of Three Tenant Families in the Deep South. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. ISBN: 9780395957714.

Alexandra of Denmark. Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book. London, England: The Daily Telegraph, 1908.

Bassil, Karl, Zeina Maasri, Akram Za’atari, and Walid Radd. Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography. London, England: Mind the Gap/Arab Image Foundation, 2005. ISBN: 9789953004129.

Batchen, Geoffrey. Forget Me Not: Photography & Remembrance. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004. ISBN: 9781568984506.

Bateson, Gregory, and Margaret Mead. Balinese Character. New York, NY: New York Academy of Sciences, 1942.

Bogdan, Robert, and Todd Weseloh. Real Photo Postcard Guide: the People’s Photography. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780815608516.

Boot, Chris. Magnum Stories. New York, NY: Phaidon, 2004. ISBN: 9780714842455.

Caldwell, Erskine, and Margaret Bourke-White. You Have Seen Their Faces. Atlanta, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780820316925.

Capa, Robert. Death in the Making. New York, NY: Civici-Friede, 1938.

Chambi, Martín. Martín Chambi, Photographs 1920-1950. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press, 1993. ISBN: 9781560982449.

Chéroux, Clement, et al. The Perfect Medium. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780300111361.

Cole, Ernest. House of Bondage. New York, NY: Random House, 1967.

Danforth, Loring, and Alexander Tsiaris. The Death Rituals of Rural Greece. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780691000275.

Davidson, Bruce. Portraits. New York, NY: Aperture, 2005. ISBN: 9780893818517.

Emmet, Herman. Fruit Tramps: A Family of Migrant Farmworkers. Albuquerque, NM: University Of New Mexico Press, 1989. ISBN: 9780826311191.

Ferrato, Donna. Living with the Enemy. New York, NY: Aperture, 2005. ISBN: 9780893814809.

Fleischauer, Carl, and Beverly Brannan. Documenting America, 1935-1943. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1988. ISBN: 9780520062214.

Gardner, Robert, and Karl Heider. Gardens of War: Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age. New York, NY: Random House, 1968.

Goffman, Erving. Gender Advertisements. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1979. ISBN: 9780674341913.

Greenfield, Patricia Marks. Weaving Generations Together: Evolving Creativity in the Maya of Chiapas. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 2004. ISBN: 9781930618282.

 Greenough, Sarah, et al. The Art of the American Photograph, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780691133683.

Guzmán Meza, Emiliano. Ixim; Maíz; Corn. Chiapas, Mexico: CIESAS, 2004. ISBN: 9789684964884.

Hamilton, Peter, and Roger Hargreaves. Beautiful and the Damned: The Creation of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Photography. Burlington, VT: Lund Humphries, 2001. ISBN: 9780853318217.

Kayser, Alex. Heads. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780896595248.

King, David. The Commissar Vanishes. New York, NY: Metropolitan, 1997. ISBN: 9780805052947.

Kozloff, Max. The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900. New York, NY: Phaidon, 2007. ISBN: 9780714843728.

Kugelmass, Jack, and Jonathan Boyarin. From a Ruined Garden: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780253211873.

Lange, Dorothea, and Paul Taylor. An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1969.

Lartigue, J. H. Boyhood Photographs of J. H. Lartigue: The Family Album of a Gilded Age. Lausanne, Switzerland: Guichard, 1966. ISBN: 9780106613618.

Lenman, Robin. The Oxford Companion to the Photograph. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780198662716.

 Lopez Diaz, Xunka’. Mi hermanita Cristina, una niña chamula / My little sister Cristina, a chamula girl. Mexico City, Mexico: CIESAS, 2000.

Lyman, Christopher. The Vanishing Race, and Other Illusions: Photographs of Indians by Edward S. Curtis. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780394710297.

MacLeish, Archibald. Land of the Free. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace, 1938.

Maybury-Lewis, David, and James Howe. The Indian Peoples of Paraguay: Their Plight and Their Prospects. Cambridge, MA: Cultural Survival Special Report #2, 1980.

Buy at MIT Press Parker, Ann, and Avon Neal. Los Ambulantes. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780262160865.

Penn, Irving. Passage: A Work Record. New York, NY: Knopf, 1991. ISBN: 9780679404910.

Peterkin, Julia, and Doris Ulmann. Roll, Jordan, Roll. New York, NY: Ballou, 1933.

Plowden, David. The Hand of Man on America. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead, 1973. ISBN: 9780856990779.

Reinhardt, Mark, et al. Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780226709505.

Riefenstahl, Leni. The Last of the Nuba. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780312136420.

Rockefeller, Michael, and Kevin Bubriski. Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961. Salem, MA: Peabody Essex Museum, 2007. ISBN: 9780873658065.

Salgado, Sebastião. An Uncertain Grace. New York, NY: Aperture, 2005. ISBN: 9780893814212.

Sander, August. Men Without Masks: Faces of Germany 1910-1938. Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, Ltd., 1973. ISBN: 9780821205334.

Sills, Vaughn. One Family. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780820321998.

Silverman, Kenneth. Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1997. ISBN: 9780060928629.

Smith, W. Eugene, and Aileen Smith. Minamata. Tucson, AZ: Center for Creative Photography, 1981. ISBN: 9780938262053.

Snyder, Stephanie, et al. Snapshot Chronicles. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. ISBN: 9781568985572.

Sorenson, Richard. The Edge of the Forest: Land, Childhood and Change in a New Guinea Protoagricultural Society. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1976. ISBN: 9780874748758.

Szarkowski, John, et al. The Photographer’s Eye. New York, NY: Museum of Modern Art, 2007. ISBN: 9780870705274.

Thomas, Ann. Beauty of Another Order: Photography & Science. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780300073409.

Time Life Library of Photography - Photojournalism. New York, NY: Time-Life Books, 1971.

Wells, Samuel R. New Physiognomy, or, Signs of Character, as Manifested Through Temperament and External Forms and Especially in the Human Face Divine. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger LLC, 2007. ISBN: 9780548001523.

Willumson, Glenn Gardner. W. Eugene Smith and the Photographic Essay. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780521414647.

Wright, Stephen, and Paul Wombell. Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices. London, England: Mind the Gap/Arab Image Foundation, 2005. ISBN: 9789953003238.

Young, Michael. Malinowski’s Kiriwina. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780226876504.

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