Photography 204 C

History and Aesthetics of Photo

  • 3 Units -
  • 2 hour lecture,
  • 3 hour lab

COURSE CONTENT AND SCOPE (instructional topics or units)

  1. Pre-Camera Beginnings
    1. The role of visual images prior to photography
    2. The evolution of vision machines
    3. Exploration of light and light sensitivity
    4. Early light sensitive processes and camera-less image making
  2. The Early Years – Technological Breakthroughs
    1. Niepce and Daguerre:  the Dagerreotype
    2. Fox Talbot:  the Negative/Positive process
    3. Bayard, Herschel and other contributions
    4. Glass plates, Tin Types, Ambrotypes and other early processes
    5. Early cameras and lenses
  3. The Early Years – Social/Economic Impact
    1. Painting vs photography
    2. European and American practitioners
    3. A revolution in portraiture
    4. Travel and early documentary photography
    5. Architecture and early commercial applications
    6. Early photographic books, publications and advertising
  4. The Search for a Color Process
    1. Niepce, Daguerre and Hill:  colored Daguerreotypes
    2. Newton and Maxwell:  the search for a theory
    3. Ducos du Hauron and Cros:  additive and subtractive processes
    4. Cross fertilization:  painting and photography
    5. Color lithography
    6. Autochrome,  Carbro, Kodachrome, and Dye Transfer
    7. Color negatives, Ektachrome, Cibachrome and the evaluation of analog color processes
  5. Portraiture:  Appearance and Character
    1. Portraits for the masses
    2. Tintypes and paper prints
    3. Cabinet photographs and calling cards
  6. Documentation:  the Faithful witness
    1. Early war photographs
    2. Expeditionary photography
    3. Stereographics
    4. The landscape
  7. Conquest of Action
    1. Instantaneous scenes
    2. Technical developments
    3. Muybridge, Marey and Eakins
  8. Photography as Art:  the Beginning
    1. The book, Naturalistic Photography
    2. Photographic salons
    3. The influence and impact of painting
    4. Painterly processes and Pictorialism
    5. Stieglitz, Steichen and the Photo-Session
  9. Straight Photography:  The Thing Itself
    1. Stieglitz and Strand
    2. Weston, Adams and F64 Group
    3. Steichen, advertising and World War I
  10. Documentary Photography
    1. Riss and Hines:  slums and child labor
    2. Atget and Paris street life
    3. Farm Security Administration
  11. New Technology and New Vision
    1. The miniature camera
    2. Available light and flashbulbs
    3. Decisive moments: Cartier-Bresson, Kertesz, Brassai
    4. New vision: Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Rodchenko
  12. For the Printed Page
    1. Newspaper Photography
    2. Picture Magazines
    3. Photo-essays
    4. W.E. Smith and Life Magazine
  13. Advertising and Commercial Photography
    1. Early applications of photography for advertising
    2. The impact of photography for advertising
    3. Steichen, Outerbridge and other early advertising photographers