ART 206 History of Photography Theory and Criticism • 5 Cr.


Examines the role photography has played reflecting and shaping culture from its emergence in the 19th century to the digital revolution currently underway. Emphasizes what it means to photograph, to be photographed, and to view photographers as part of an audience. Students make a few photographs of their own along the way (some using a cell phone). Recommended: ENGL& 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: Identify key figures, concepts, and movements within the history of photography. Interpret and criticize individual photographs. Describe the development of the medium from its scientific and technological perspectives. Outline examples of photography's role in the creation and critique of culture. Criticize their own photographs and identify their role in the context of the medium. Infer possible futures of the medium as it relates to the digital revolution.