ARTH1100 History of Photography Fall 2016

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ARTH1100 History of Photography Fall 2016
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Fall 2016
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“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know..” — Diane Arbus

This course surveys the history of photography from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the present. We will examine the use of photography for aesthetic, documentary, and “scientific” purposes, stylistic shifts in photography related to aesthetic concerns, and varying interpretations of subject matter based on social and cultural concerns at specific moments in history. We will also consider the relationship between photography and the visual arts in general, which culminates with the primacy of photography as a medium by the late twentieth century.

Image credit: Tod Papageorges, Portrait of Diane Arbus, 1967, from

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