This course will focus on the histories, theories and practices of photography from its beginnings to the present day. Its aim is to examine photography in relation to other visual art forms, to consider the challenges photography poses to histories of art, and to contextualise the medium in broader socio-political terms. Topics to be covered will include: the origins of photography and its impact, art photography movements, Australian photography, documentary photography, digital and computational photography, and contemporary photography in a global context. There is a strong focus throughout on object-based analysis with several classes being held at national cultural institutions in Canberra.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe the major developments in art photography from the nineteenth century up to the present;
- provide different socio-political contexts for the developments in photography;
- demonstrate an understanding of histories and theories of photography and its qualities as a particular artistic medium;
- research and access information on photography and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments; and
- participate in critical discussions about histories, theories, and practices of photography.
- Written analysis exercise (1000 words) (20) [LO 2,3,4]
- Research essay (2000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Take-home test (1000 words) (20) [LO 2,3,4]
- Reflective exercise (500 words) (5) [LO 2,3,4]
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, seminars, tutorials and/or peer-to-peer learning sessions; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.
Requisite and Incompatibility
All required readings will be available through Wattle.
Batchen, Geoffrey. Burning with desire: the conception of photography, 1997
Ennis, Helen. Photography and Australia, 2007
Warner, Mary Marien. Photography: A cultural history, 4th ed., 2014
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