Global Lens: Trans-Cultural Photography
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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 5174
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
This course is a multicultural view of the world as seen through photography. Core components of the course look at how camera-work presents and represents culture, with emphasis on the content and intent of photography by photographers in and of various world cultures. We will look at how foreign photographers have imaged cultures as well as how local photographers have captured their own culture and what this means for us, how we understand our world. Students will gain an understanding of how to look at photographs and be introduced to concepts in pictoral iconography and visual anthropology. Through discussions, readings and research, the student explores aspects of visual culture in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. The goal of the course is to consider camera-work in a variety of global contexts and to understand the role photography plays in creating and influencing understanding of our multi-cultural world.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.