Spring 2016

The Culture and Idea of Photography

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-277


Lorne Falk (Section 01)


This course is about the centrality of the photographic image - that is, an image produced by mechanical means - in our visual experience, in the rituals, practices and representation of everyday life. Since we no longer, if ever, experience an image in isolation from our experiences of other images and mediums, the culture and idea of photography is understood as utterly diverse in its functions. We will consider photography's histories, theory and practice, especially its relation to "images that move" and its profound role in what we now understand as visual culture. We will examine theoretical, social and cultural issues and contexts influencing image culture through specific examples from contemporary photography, film, media art and other visual media.

Requisite: At least one other course in the arts and humanities, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 24 students. Spring semester. Five College Visiting Professor Falk.

If Overenrolled: preference to art, art history, architecture and other creative disciplines


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016