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ART 212 History of Photography (3 credits)

Photography is a widely used but relatively little understood medium. This course offers a survey of photography in the United States and Europe from its invention to the present. We will examine the ways in which photography has been employed by amateurs, artists, anthropologists, politicians, and scientists for a wide range of purposes. We also will examine how the medium has affected portraiture, painting, documentation, journalism, and advertising. The class will consider photography in the context of continuing debates regarding the nature of reality and truth, photography’s status as art or document, subjectivity versus objectivity, and issues of originality, authenticity, and power. No prerequisites.