Visual and Material Culture: Course

Introduction to the History of Photography

Boshi Roy, Semester 1, Sunday, 12:30-14:00
Boshi Roy, Semester 2, Sunday, 12:30-14:00
The course "Introduction to the History of Photography" explores the photographic practice from its inception in the 19th century until the mid-20th century, as a central social, cultural and political phenomenon in the modern era, and not merely as an artistic tool. The course presents different ways of looking at the complex past of this medium. It is built on two main axes: thematic clusters (by subject) and chronological survey (timeline). We will talk about the way historical, social, technological and theoretical changes affect the modes of production and consumption of images. We will try to understand what the relevance of the history of photography is for photographers and artists today. And we will discuss some of the different disciplines into which the medium have penetrated, such as criminology, medicine, psychiatry, pathology, pornography, publicity, and art.