Class 2 Perspectives

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Class 2 Perspectives / 19th Century Quote The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there. —L.P. Hartley Today 1. Your questions: course, syllabus, readings, work 2. Oncourse demonstration 3. Critical perspectives on photography 4. Overview of 19th Century photography What is photography? What is history? Brainstorm: How does a photograph alter or transform what was in front of the camera? Oppositions objective subjective science art communication expression take make window mirror trace transformation detail breadth straight manipulated literal interpretive function/utility beauty / no utility ( l’art pour l’ar t) nature culture universal contingent Daguerreotype calotype (Talbotype) straight photography Pictorialism clarity tonalism Modernism PostModernism Modernism’s three big concepts True to medium / advance medium (formalism)
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Unformatted text preview: Art stems from artist’s intentionality Work of art is autonomous Post modernism’s reaction Medium. Photography has no essence Intentionality. Impossible to be original/ determinism Autonomy. Use photographs to study culture and society, NOT the precious work of art Many modernist works try to uphold the idea that works of art can provide the unity, coherence, and meaning which has been lost in most of modern life; art will do what other human institutions fail to do. Postmodernism, in contrast, doesn’t lament the idea of fragmentation, provisionality, or incoherence, but rather celebrates that. The world is meaningless? Let’s not pretend that art can make meaning then, let’s just play with nonsense. —Mary Klages...
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