The Photograph: Ideas, Histories, Concepts
This eight-week course examines how to interpret the photograph from a range of perspectives. The course will be predominantly taught with space to interact with the ideas discussed. There will also be two sessions that involve close reading of key texts.
- Week 1: The Desiring Eye: Looking, Thinking, Wanting
This session looks at ideas and the origins of desire and considers some of the implications in relation to photography.
- Week 2: Between Documentary and the Document.
How can the term documentary photography be defined and how have artists taken the photographic Document to subvert ideas of documentary photography?
- Week 3: The Photographic Portrait
Tracing the Portrait through Anthropology, Fine Art and Documentary Photography.
- Week 4: Time, Memory and the Photograph
How does the photograph evoke ideas our sense of time and how does the process of memory interact with the photographic image?
- Week 5: Strangers to Ourselves
How does the photograph engage with ideas of representing complex issues around identity and the body?
- Week 6: From Empire to Globalization and the Spaces In Between
This session examines photographic representations of globalization through images of empire by establishing traces and connections between them.
- Week 7: Close Reading Seminar: Unpacking Camera Lucida
The continuing relevance of Roland Barthes’s book and its importance to photographic studies.
- Week 8: Close Reading Seminar: Unpacking Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
The continuing importance of Walter Benjamin’s essay and its relevance in the digital age.
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Length: 8 Evenings
Tutor: Frank Watson
Places: 18 places left