21G.049 | Spring 2017 | Undergraduate

French Photography


Ses # Topics Key Dates
Week 1: Introduction

Photography, France, How to talk / write about photographs

Week 2: What is photography? I. (Moment or Network)
2 The Decisive Moment with Special Guest Dr. Nadya Bair  
3 Making the News  
Week 3: What is Photography? II (Science or Art)
4 Is it Technology?  
5 Is it Magic? With Special Guest Photographer Wilfrid Rouff  
Week 4: Capturing the World: Albert Kahn to Aerial Photography
6 Albert Kahn & The Archives de la Planète  
7 Aerial photography and surveillance  
Week 5: Likeness and Identity (Portraiture)
From Early Portraiture to the Selfie  
Photography, Identity, & Resemblance Visual Analysis Paper 1 due
Week 6: Politics, Propaganda, Protest
10 Protest Photography from May ’68 to Nuit Debut  
11 Photography and the President  
Week 7: Urban Exploration (Street Photography)
12 Documenting Urbanism  
13 People in the Streets  
Week 8: Research and Investigation
14 Peer Review Workshop  
15 Visit to the MIT Museum – Berenice Abbott Archive Visual Analysis Paper 2 due 
Week 9: Marking Art I (Realism & Abstraction)
16 Photography & Painting  
17 Visit to MIT LIST Gallery – Charlotte Moth Exhibition  
Week 10: Writing Week
18 Exhibition Review Workshop Exhibition Review due
Week 11: Tourism & Travel
19 The Postcard  
20 Snapshot photography  
Week 12: Making Art II (Institutions)
21 Museum Visit  
22 Photography and the Art Market / Museum Visual Analysis Paper 3 due
Week 13: Surveillance & the Law
23 Photographs as Witnesses  
24 Photography as Crime  
Week 14: Spreading the News (Humanistic Photography and Ethics)
25 Humanist photography  
26 Aesthetics and Suffering Revised and Expanded Paper due

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2017
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments
Image Gallery