Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Photo History I (part 1)34617/3298/2425/1/78
Study guide

Photo History I (part 1)

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 1
    • Photography
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    • Photography
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).
Contract restriction: exam contract can only be followed if different evaluation forms and the like.
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: 31.10.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 75,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

The course introduces the early history of photography, from the inventors of the medium in the 19th century to Modern photographers first half of the 20st century.

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 history of the photographic medium (19th century, pictorialism and modernism between the two world wars).
BA3 - The student knows about and understands the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of the visual arts and artistic praxis, and continues to develop this knowledge and understanding.
The student can analyze the image language of the photographers discussed and the medium-specific developments and contextualise them in a broader cultural-historical and social perspective.

Course content

Introduction to the history of photography with focus on movements, photographers, technical evolutions and ideas about the medium, with focus on the birth of photography and pioneers in the 19th century, pictorialism and popular photography at the turn of the century, and modernism from 1900 to 1945. Next to a chronological approach, the focus is on comparisons with contemporary photography. 

The course also devotes a great deal of attention to the development of reading strategies in order to be able to analyse photographic images and understand how they generate meaning.

We work together with FOMU: photobook sessions in the Library, guided visits in the exhibitions and attending public lectures of photographers.

Study material (text): Mandatory

There is no written course. The student prepares for the exam on the basis of his own notes, powerpointpresentations available on Digitap, a Reader with essential texts and references to websites and publications, and the handbook: 'Juliet Hacking, Photography. The Whole Story. Thames and Hudson 2012'.

Educational organisation (list)

Exam duration
Estimated time for testing2,00 hours
Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials24,00 hours
  • Remark: The student has to be present. His/her presence will be monitored. She/he has to study for the exam on the basis of her/his own notes taken during class.
Work time outside of contact hours49,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series100,00Students are expected to be present during classes. Absences can have a negative impact on your study results.
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

1st period

Oral examination on the subject matter of the first semester

2nd period

Written examination on the subject matter of the first semester