HMC+_Photog+and+Visual+Memory_+syll+[1] - Fall 2009 Ten...

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Fall 2009 Ten Photographs That Shook the World: Visual Technologies and Photographic Memory Time: Th 7:00 p.m. Location: Parsons 1254 Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University), Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor in Science and Technology Studies 2009-2010 (HMC) Office hours: Th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Parsons 1265) Email: [email protected] (E-mail is usually the fastest way to reach me.) COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is a semester-long investigation of the history, art, and politics of photographic influence in the world today. What makes a photograph iconic? What photographs have been successful in influencing social change, and why? What impact have television, magazines, documentary film, and new media had on the photographic visualization of world events? What moral and ethical issues are raised by photojournalism? What is the proper role for photography in a modern democracy? Is news photography a public art: why or why not? These are a few of the questions we will probe over the next several weeks. This course will give students a foundation in the major historical developments in photography and an introduction to contemporary critical theory used to situate photographs in the context of history, documentary, art, design and the role of photography in visual culture. The readings, assignments and discussion topics are intended to give students practical experience in the historical interpretation of photography. Required Texts Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Essays on Photography (Hill and Wang, 1981) Vicki Goldberg, The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives (New York: Abbeville, 1991). Fred Ritchin, After Photography (W.W. Norton, 2009) 1
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Susan Sontag, On Photography ( Anchor Books, first ed. 1977) Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others (New York: Picador, 2003) Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2009) Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson, eds. Photography’s Other Histories (Duke University Press, 2003) David Levi Strauss, Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics *A small selection of additional readings will be circulated electronically and/or distributed in class as our discussions take shape. FILMS: “War Photographer” “Looking for an Icon” ASSIGNMENTS : There are two short midterm papers (3-4 pp.) and a final research paper (12-15 pp.) assigned for this class. In addition, each student is responsible for weekly short (1- paragraph) responses to pre-circulated questions (the first one being due in class during the second week). Short papers count 15% (each) toward the final grade; the final research paper counts 40%; class attendance and quality of oral and written participation (including weekly question responses), 30%. Midterm Paper 1
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