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PHO 140 - History of Photography: Early

3 Credits

Through a review of photographic technologies and traditions prior to World War I, photography's contribution to nineteenth century visual art is examined within the context of social, cultural, political, economic, and scientific impact. Specific topics will include: the portraiture industry; medical, criminal, and ethnographic photography; war documentation; travel and exploration photography; photography as a tool for social reform; and the medium’s relationship to the fine arts. Illustrated presentations, lectures, research, field trips and discussion.

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - Humanities

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the events leading to the creation of photography.
2. Describe various early photographic processes.
3. Compare various early photographic processes.
4. Compare early uses of photography as social and political viewpoints between various countries.
5. Explain the photographic role in producing cultural histories.
6. Explain 19th and early 20th century uses of photography in economic contexts.
7. Explain Pictorialism as it relates to photography's struggle for acceptance as an Art.

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Fall Semester 2024
Summer Session 2024