This module provides students with a broad introduction to the history of photography over the first 150 years of its existence, together with some of the prehistory of the medium. It begins by looking at the origins and invention of photography, as well as reactions to, and early uses of, the medium. Following this background, a number of photographic genre are explored along with key contributors to their development. While the genre explored may change from year to year, the genre covered are likely to include portraiture, documentary photography and landscape photography, but the greatest focus will be given to the various styles and movements giving shape to the history of photographic art.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total contact hours: 46
Private study hours: 254
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Image Analysis (2000 words) (40%)
Virtual Exhibition (Including a 2000 word written component) (40%)
Seminar Preparation Notes (For each seminar, a set of preparation notes of approximately 500 words) (20%)
Barthes, R. (1981), Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, New York: Hill and Wang.
Batchen, G. (1997), Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT.
Bate, D. (2016), Photography: Key Concepts, London: Bloomsbury.
Clarke, G. (1997), The Photograph, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Frizot, M. (1998), A New History of Photography, Cologne: Konemann.
Marien, M. (2002), Photography: A Cultural History, London: Laurence King.
Rosenblum, N. (2007), A World History of Photography, 4th Edition, New York: Abbeville.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate some understanding of the origins of photography and the development of the medium through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- demonstrate some understanding of the social and cultural contexts relevant to the emergence of the photographic medium.
- identify and characterise a wide range of photographic genres and styles.
- demonstrate a good understanding of emergence and development of photography as an art form.
- outline the technological development of the photographic medium and the effects of such developments upon photographic practices.
- demonstrate an ability to critically analyse photographic images.
- demonstrate an ability to undertake comparative and non-comparative analyses of photographic images.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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