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Course Section Listing Course Course Title Term Credits Status
COURSE_SECTION-3-174119 CLTR 265A-1 Photography Theory: Foundations Spring 2024 4.0 Open
Day Begin End Location Start Date End Date
MW 1025 AM 1140 AM Morey Room 524 01/17/2024 05/11/2024
Enrollment: Enrolled     
Co-Located: AHST 292-1 (P), AHST 492-1, CLTR 265A-1, CLTR 465A-1
Instructors: Tingting Xu
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Description: This course examines the foundational texts of photography theories, those that give photography the potential significance to be a “theoretical object” (Michael Fried, 2008) for  art and art history. We will read photography from the perspective of the history and theory   of modernism (Baudelaire, Benjamin), photography’s autonomy and ontology in formalist criticism (André Bazin, John Szarkowski, Beaumont Newhall, Peter Galassi), photography and the question of medium (Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Rosalind Krauss), with reference to competing theoretical models that include but are not restricted to Marxism, semiotics and psychoanalysis, as well as postmodernist critiques of photography’s identity and essence (John Tagg, Allan Sekula, Victor Burgin).
Offered: Fall Spring