History of Photography

This course provides an overview into the history of modern photography, from the early 19th century to the contemporary moment. Special focus is placed on the key figures, debates and genres of the photographic image. In addition, attention is placed on the photograph’s unstable status in the history of modern art straddling the terrains of popular culture and avant-garde, fact and fiction, objectivity and subjectivity, art and science...

Taught by: Andrew Witt.

Description

This course provides an overview into the history of modern photography, from the early 19th century to the contemporary moment. Special focus is placed on the key figures, debates and genres of the photographic image. In addition, attention is placed on the photograph’s unstable status in the history of modern art straddling the terrains of popular culture and avant-garde, fact and fiction, objectivity and subjectivity, art and science. As a survey, this course is animated by the primary debates and discussions in history of photography. The central goal of this course is to promote and foster visual literacy and understanding of the troubling and contradictory quality of the photographic image.

Course level
All Levels

Who should take this course?
Central Saint Martins BA students

What does this course cover?
Visual literacy and understanding of the photographic image

What are the key topics the course will cover?

  • History of Photography
  • Avant-garde art
  • Popular culture
  • Surrealism
  • Theories of photography
  • The difference between analog and visual imagery
  • Contemporary art

Course Outcomes
Students will complete the course with a comprehensive understanding into the history of photography

This course includes

  • Lectures 
  • Special visits to Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Photographer's Gallery

Tutor information

Andrew Witt is a writer and critic living in London. Andrew specializes in the histories of photography, sculpture and modern art. His writing regularly appears in Artforum and has also published in Oxford Art Journal, Object and Canadian Art. His doctoral dissertation is titled, At the Edge of Catastrophe: California and the Documentary Image (circa 1970). Andrew is an active member for the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, UCL and has co-organized two conferences: Art in the Age of Real Abstraction (2014), and Working Worlds (2015). http://artforum.com/contributors/name=andrew-witt


Materials

Please bring the following materials with you to the first session

  • Pen
  • Notebook

Details for booking

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