ARTH423

History of Photographic Media and Camera Arts

Irwin's installation uses light and space and very few materials to raise questions about the reality of our perceptions
Robert Irwin, New York Projections, installed at the Whitney Museum, 2013 (photo by R. Barris)

Prof. Roann Barris, fall 2013

office hrs: mornings until 10:45 (T, R) and until 1 (M, W)

office: 202 PF; phone: 831- 6001

email: rbarris@radford.edu

Connect to Artstor

some useful web sites:

Harry's Pro Shop: Some Great Photographers

George Eastman House Index of Photographers

TOPIC OUTLINE (links to study guides and image groups will added throughout the semester)

Week

Topic

Reading

1 Course intro; From optics to chemistry in the 19th century ;
alternative approaches to the history of photography

Text, chapter 1; Barrett, preview chapter 8
Talbot essays on photogenic drawing
2 the daguerreotype: portraits and the beginning of studio practices
the calotype provides a different beginning
ch. 2, 3
3 new technologies: the paper/glass debate and the amateur/professional debate

SEPT 12: LUCIO BOSCHI TALK AND EXHIBITION OPENING, 3 - 5 PM, COVINGTON PERFORMANCE HALL

ch. 4
4 documenting reality in the 19th century: photographing war and society

OCT 2: SUBMIT PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR APPROVAL

ch. 5;
recommended: Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others ; Errol Morris: Believing is Seeing, chapter 1
5 creating a photographic language: spiritualism, positivism, art
technological changes in the middle of the 19th century

ch. 6, 8
6 creating a photographic language: the landscape
ch. 7
Kelsey: Viewing the Archive (recommended)
7 Camera Work, pictorialism and the photo-secession
From Stieglitz to Strand
ch. 9; Wilson: The Intimate Gallery (recommended)
8
photographic modernism, pt 1: the new vision
Manhatta
Ballet Mecanique

ch. 10; Barrett, chapters 1 - 3
9 photographic modernism, pt. 2

TERM PROJECT MEETINGS PRIOR TO NOV 4

ch. 11; Barrett, ch. 4
10 constructing social reality: social document or subjective truth? ch. 12-13; Barrett, ch. 5
11 the new photojournalism ch. 14;  Barrett, ch. 6
Rosler on documentary photography (recommended)

12 the subversive 60s: pop, minimalism and photography
Sugimoto (dvd and discussion)
ch. 16-17; Barrett, ch. 7

THANKSGIVING BREAK 11/23 - 12/1
13-14 the "death" of the author and photography; new media and new subjects
Anri Sala (dvd and discussion)
Cindy Sherman; Douglas Gordon

ch. 18; Barrett, ch. 8
  CLASS EXHIBITION, reception Dec. 4, Gallery 205

DEC. 12: WRITTEN COMPONENT OF FINAL PROJECT DUE BY 3 PM



Writing/Reading Help:

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