Photography and Social Change
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5129
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Civic Engagement
  • Media Studies
The photographic image has been a subject of inquiry since the mid-nineteenth century, and is a medium that continues to perplex and confound us in our contemporary situation. Its combination of science and art, reality and artifice incite a multitude of discussions about its influence in media and in society, and these topics have been extended as the photographic image entered the realm of film, video and new media. In this course we will examine the histories of the photographic image through the Goldberg retrospective text and PBS documentary, and discuss examples of work from various periods, and we will also engage in the practice of the medium. Further, we will investigate the impact of the photography in fine art, mass media and new media contexts, and open our argument to the debate concerning how visual imagery can or cannot act as a harbinger or catalyst for social change.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.