ARTH 56500 History of Photography

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the role and history of photography from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present. Focusing on the key figures, periods, and concepts in the development of this medium, the course will follow the evolution of photography alongside the other visual arts, culminating in its primacy at the end of the twentieth century. Photography as an artistic vehicle and technological tool has advanced many areas of investigation in the sciences and arts. Students will investigate the debate over the evolving technological and technical processes in case studies, and the “nature” of the medium, as well as the influence it has had on the broader evolution of the history of art. This class may require the use of a virtual reality headset identified by the instructor.