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The Photograph

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-304

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Amy C. Hall (Section 01)


In this course we will consider and examine the photograph as a specific type of social actor. We will explore the ways in which the photograph is a unique representational type, a potent tool for memory making, and a powerful medium to navigate, question and shape social constructs and assumptions. Additionally, we will investigate how the photograph has been deployed as evidence, from its earliest use in scientific projects to its current use in myriad industries and media platforms. In so doing the course seeks to understand the many roles photography has played, and continues to play, in shaping self, culture and knowledge. While this is not a course in photographic technique, students may be asked to produce their own images.

Limited to 18 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting  Professor A. Hall.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to junior and senior majors if over-enrolled


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2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018