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Photography: History and -actuality 312322/1717/1920/1/09
Study guide

Photography: History and -actuality 3

12322/1717/1920/1/09
Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
    Specialisation:
    • Photography
    Choice package:
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    Specialisation:
    • Photography
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses
  • Preparatory Programme Visual Arts
  • Schakelprogramma Beeldende Kunsten
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Henneman Inge
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2019 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 62,00 hours

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (text)

The students understands the discussed issues and practices in contemporary photography (from 1975- ) and can communicate this insight in talking and writing. 

Learning outcomes (list)

BA2 - The student has the necessary knowledge, skills and insights regarding material, form, action, concepts, function and contents of the chosen medi
The student knows (the field of) contemporary photography.
BA5 - When developing his/her personal visual language the students starts from a searching and reflective attitude when developing one's own visual language.
The student can place his / her personal work in a photo-historical context.

Learning objectives

To apply methods of image analysis, critical reflection and historical research while looking at photographs. Thorough understanding of different photographic approaches of defining actual mediumspecific as well as cultural-social issues.

Course content

Thourough discussion of actual photographic practices and reflections on the photographic medium. Focus on the actual field and condition of the photographic image from 1975. Themes discussed include 'the urban and the everyday', 'appropriation', 'the original copy', 'the studio image'. Based on David Campany 'Art and Photography' and Reader. Focus on the problematic topic of images of conflict and on 'the photographic' or the specific condition of making art with a camera.

Study material (text): Mandatory

David Campany, Art and Photography. Phaidon.

Reader with texts on photography and conflict.

Susan Sontag, Regarding the pain of others, London, 2003

Study material (text): Recommended

Hans Aarsman, de Fotodetective
http://www.uitgeverijpodium.nl/Auteurs/book/375/De-fotodetective
http://www.photoq.nl/articles/columns/koekerd/
http://zoeken.tijd.be/results?query=Hans+Aarsman
Jacques Rancière, The ignorant Schoolmaster, Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation. http://abahlali.org/files/Ranciere.pdf
Jeff Wall, Marks of Indifference. Aspects of Photography, in or as, Conceptual Art (1995) (http://www.art.ucla.edu/photography/downloads/Wall001.pdf)
Victor Burgin, Looking at Images, http://stunik.com/vu/DFAP/LookingAtPhotographs.pdf
Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” in “Visual and Other Pleasures”
Michael Fried, Why Photography matters as Art as never before, 2009
Benjamin Buchloch and Allen Sekula (Interview) in: Fish Story
Rosalind Krauss, “Notes on the Index: Part 1 and Part 2” in “The Originality of the Avant – Garde and other Modernist Myths”
Andre Bazin, “The Ontology of the Photographic Image”, in “Classic Essays on Photography”, ed., Alan Trachtenberg
Siegfried Kracauer, “Photography” in “Classic Essays on Photography”, ed., Alan Trachtenberg
Hubert Damisch, “Five Notes for a Phenomenology of the Photographic Image” in “Classic Essays on Photography”, ed., Alan Trachtenberg
Allan Sekula, “The Body and the Archive” in “The Contest of Meaning”, ed., Richard Bolton (also in October, Winter 1986)
http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/sekula.pdf
also in “The Contest of Meaning”, ed., Richard Bolton
Hans Belting, An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body
The Photobook, A History, Part 3 (Martin Parr & Gary Badger) (Kask library)
Shooting Space. Architecture and Photography Kask library)
Walker Evans. Magazine Work. David Campany (Kask library)
Post Photography, the artist with a camera (Kask library)
Photography Today, Mark Durden, Phaidon (Kask library)
ONLINE SOURCES, BLOGS, MAGAZINES
http://blog.fotomuseum.ch/ Still Searching, an online discourse on photography
http://www.reframingphotography.com
AMERICAN SUBURB X, PHOTOGRAPHY INTERVIEWS ARCHIVE
http://www.americansuburbx.com/2008/02/interviews.html
THE NEW YORK TIMES
http://www.nytimes.com/
THE PHOTOGRAPHY CRITICISM CYBERARCHIVE
A.D. Coleman’s archive of texts in the fields of history, criticism, and theory of photography from the medium’s inception through the present day. Writers ranging from W. H. F. Talbot, L. J. M. Daguerre, and Lady Elizabeth Eastlake through Nancy Brokaw and Donna-Lee Phillips.
http://adcoleman.com/
MAGAZINE
An online photography magazine dedicated to work that successfully captures, represents, and encourages acute observation via the photographic medium.
http://seesawmagazine.com/
TATE PAPERS
http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/
SFMOMA SYMPOSIUM IS PHOTOGRAPHY OVER
http://www.sfmoma.org/pages/research_projects_photography_over
http://blog.sfmoma.org/tag/is-photography-over/
JOHN BERGER, WAYS OF SEEING
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,0_9780140135152,00.html
JOHN BERGER, WAYS OF SEEING, TV DOCUMENTARY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnfB-pUm3eI
KENDALL BUSTER (AND PAULA CRAWFORD), CRITIQUE HANDBOOK
http://www.kendallbuster.com/
DAVID GOLDBLATT, ART AND VENTRILOQUISM
http://www.routledge.com/books/search/author/david_goldblatt/
TERRY BARRETT BOOKS
Making Art: Form and Meaning (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010).?Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images (New York: McGraw Hill, 4th edition, 2005).?Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering, and Responding (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002).?http://www.mhprofessional.com/contributor.php?cat=115&id=30564 http://www.terrybarrettosu.com/articles.html
SEAN O’HAGAN ON PHOTOGRAPHY, GUARDIAN.CO.UK
Explorirg photography, art, photojournalism and everything in between.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/series/sean-o-hagan-on-photography
PHOTOCRITIC INTERNATIONAL
A.D. Coleman’s online newsletter on photography and related matters. The original version of this blog was called C: the Speed of Light.
http://nearbycafe.com/artandphoto/photocritic/
FOAM: WHAT’S NEXT – A SEARCH INTO THE FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
http://foam.org/whatsnext
CONSCIENTIOUS
Writer and editor Jörg M. Colberg’s website dedicated to contemporary fine-art photography with daily profiles of photographers, interviews, exhibition and book reviews.
http://www.jmcolberg.com/weblog/
BOOKWORM
Reviews of books, author interviews, reading lists, news of literary events, and more.
http://bookforum.com/
ARTFORUM
Online magazine contains guide to museum shows, short essays on art and art education, exhibition reviews, bookforum, and videos of artists and artworks.
http://artforum.com/
AMERICAN SUBURB X: PHOTOGRAPHY AND CULTURE
Archive of photographers, interviews, reviews, videos and more.
http://www.americansuburbx.com/
AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Fred Ritchin’s blog that explores the effects of the digital, and whether more effective and expansive media strategies can now emerge.
http://www.pixelpress.org/afterphotography/

Educational organisation (list)

Exam duration
Estimated time for testing2,00 hours
Learning Activities
Collaborative learning24,00 hours
  • Description: looking, thinking and reading together - group discussions
Lectures and / or tutorials26,00 hours
Practicum10,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
MomentForm%Remark
Semester 1Knowledge test100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
MomentForm%Remark
2nd examination periodKnowledge test100,00

Evaluation (text)

First semester: Oral Exam + Paper

Re-examination: Oral Exam + Paper