Photography & Society
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 4045
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Visual Culture
- Cultural Studies
This course explores the development of photography from the 1830s to the present in the context of the social, political, ethical and cultural issues that surround it. Readings will span a broad range of texts by photographers, writers, artists, critics, philosophers and others. Topics will include early photography and democracy, Victorian travel photography and orientalism, portraiture and the self, social documentary photography in the US and Europe, photography and revolution, war photography and journalism, consumerism, art photography, fashion and culture, gender and race, theories of modern memory, death and the ethics of witnessing. In addition to a number of writing assignments of varying length, students will be asked to develop a research project over the course of the semester that will culminate in a final paper. Pathway: Visual Studies
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
Open to Undergraduate students.