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Photography and History


About the Course:

This course offers a cultural history and a critical introduction of photography. It explores the relationship between photography, memory and history, with a special focus on the United States. Since the invention of photography, photographs have been used to document, represent or commemorate important events. Photographs are accessible sources to reconstruct the past and form opinions about past and present, but they are also easily manipulated or misread. In this course, we examine the relationship between history and photography through various readings and selected topics. These include how photographers have used their medium to consciously record history; to advance human and civil rights; to document and construct nations; to raise awareness of problems in society; to document war; and to commemorate the Holocaust and 9/11.


No pre-requisites have been entered for this course.


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