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ARTH 345 History of Photography: Archive, Spectacle, Reality

History and theory of photography, from the competitive context of invention in the 1830s to contemporary uses in social media.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
ARTH 345 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu12:3014:00

ARTH 345 001 will be delivered 100% online, with some synchronous (i.e., "real time") and some asynchronous components. If the course is blocked, the class is full and you should register in the associated waitlist, ARTH 345 01W. Students will be moved from the waitlist into the class as seats become available, and notified of their registration via email.

An introduction to the technological, scientific, and artistic developments in the photographic medium and its social and political dimensions: from the invention in the 19th century and its nationalistic implications; to the pseudo-scientific applications of photography toward classifying ends; to social documentary and propaganda through the 20th century; to art photography beyond the question of "photography: science or art?"; to self-determination and self-fashioning via photographic strategies; to the postmodern turn and new developments in photographic theory in the 1980s; and, finally, to accelerated technological advances at the end of the 20th century and renewed conversations about truth, spectacle, and imagination in the digital age.

ARTH 345 01WWaiting List1 Tue Thu12:3014:00

ARTH 345 01W is a waitlist for ARTH 345 001. Students will be moved into the class from the waitlist, in order of registration date, as seats become available.