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, documentary photography, social and ethical issues, digital photography, Australian photography, and contemporary photography in a global context. The course also includes a session on historical and contemporary photographic techniques and processes. 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:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the major developments in art photography from the nineteenth century up to the present.
2. Provide different socio-political contexts for the developments in photography.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of histories and theories of photography and its qualities as a particular artistic medium.
4. Research and access information on photography and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.
5. Speak about histories, theories of photography and practices of photography.
Indicative Assessment1200 word written exercise, 20% (LO 4)
10 minute oral presentation, 10% (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)
1000 word written paper, 20% (LO 2, 3, 4)
Research essay 2500 words, 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Participation, 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4,5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days (9am-5pm); and b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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
All course readings will be available on the Wattle course site.
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