Photography & Cinema
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Photography
Course Number: PUPH 3506
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Photography
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
This course explores the interdependence and mutual influence of photography and cinema. The course consists of screenings of key films that directly and indirectly influence the look, genre style, and content of historical and contemporary photography. Also entailed in the lecture structure are the analytical contrast of notable photographic images with those films that the photographs reference historically, stylistically, thematically, or through the use of light. This course enables students to think critically about the construction of a image, which is a narrative strategy central to fashion photography, fine art photography, and contemporary forms of photojournalism. Film genres covered in the course include: art films, film noir, documentary, science fiction, independent films, video art, and hybrids of these genres. These films are shown in contrast with photographs that exhibit a corresponding set of qualities.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors degree in Photography majors only; others by permission of Photography program. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 2009 Sophomore Seminar 1 and PUPH 2011 Sophomore Seminar 2.


Open to Photography students.