Author Archives: Sandra Cheng

Discussion Topic: Rooms from Versailles to post-Katrina New Orleans

Explore the works of Robert Polidori, who uses a large-format camera to capture environments that range from the French palace of Versailles to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina or the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.¬† Polidori has been criticized for … Continue reading

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Announcement: Midterm on Thurs March 14 at 10 AM

This post is to remind you that our midterm is on Thursday, March 14th at 10 AM SHARP. ¬†Please ARRIVE ON TIME (come early!) because we will begin with the slide identification section and if you miss it, there will … Continue reading

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Announcement: Please watch deadlines for Discussion Topic Posts

As you know, all the Discussion Topics are timed.¬† I post a topic for commentary and you have two weeks to respond.¬† Please take a look at the deadlines at the bottom of each Discussion Topic.¬† Although you can always … Continue reading

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Announcement: How to Submit Writing Assignment #1 on Blackboard

Writing Assignment #1 is DUE next week, Thursday, March 7th.¬† Please access the class site on Blackboard to submit your writing assignment.¬† To get onto Blackboard use the quicklinks from CityTech’s website¬†https://www.citytech.cuny.edu/, or go to http://portal.cuny.edu. ¬†After you log onto … Continue reading

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Discussion Topic: Connecting to Spirits via Photography

In class, we briefly touched on the beginnings of spiritualist photography. ¬†The contemporary photographer Shannon Taggart has photographed the world’s largest Spiritualist community in western New York. ¬†Her photographic projects often focus on alternative types of religious experience. ¬†Taggart’s recent … Continue reading

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Discussion Topic: Subways Portraits by Walker Evans

Walker Evans photographed people on the New York City subways between 1938-1941.¬† He only published these photographs 25 years later in his book,¬†Many Are Called,¬†which was re-issued in 2004.¬† Read a review about the new edition in the¬†New York¬†Times¬†or listen … Continue reading

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Discussion Topic: Lynsey Addario, A Woman Photographer on the Front Lines

A few weeks ago, the Pentagon officially lifted the ban on women soldiers to engage in combat.¬† Over the course of her career, the woman photojournalist Lynsey Addario has covered numerous conflicts, frequently photographing women in the military.¬† Last spring, … Continue reading

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Discussion Topic: Old Processes, New Advertising

Many photographers today are reviving the photographic processes of the Civil War era. A California news article reports on several photographers in San Francisco who are producing photographs with the wet-plate process. Even Louis Vuitton highlights wet-plate photography in his … Continue reading

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Discussion Topic: Photography and Tragedy‚ÄĒWhen Should You Put Down the Camera?

A recent NPR segment covered the dynamic between photographer and photographed subject in relation to tragedy.¬† Read the following article on photojournalist Emmanuel Dunand‚Äôs photograph of Aline Marie shown in prayer the evening of the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Hello ARTH 1100 students! Welcome to the class website for Professor Sandra Cheng‚Äôs course on the History of Photography.¬† Our section meets Tues/Thurs mornings at 10 AM. The OpenLab is an integral component to our class. I look forward to … Continue reading

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