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ART 2021 - History of Photography

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course surveys the works of artists throughout the world who have explored and defined the aesthetic boundaries of photography from the mediums invention to the present. The history of photography will be studied in terms of technological developments, social trends and personal expression. Lectures and reading assignments will focus on contextualizing photographs, in order to reveal their historic significance, content, and aesthetic form. Class discussions and writing assignments will introduce students to the basic methodological approaches to analyzing images.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1020   with a grade of C or higher OR ENGL 1021  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. 19th Century Portraits
  2. Contemporary Uses
  3. Landscape and Architecture
  4. Manipulation
  5. Objects and Events
  6. Photography and Art: The First Phase
  7. Photography and Modernism
  8. Photography and Print Media
  9. Social Documentary
  10. The Early Years: Technology
  11. War Photography

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. compare and contrast major branches of photography, such as photojournalism, artistic expression, social and political statements, architectural, documentary, and commercial.
  2. analyze photographs by individuals who have had a significant impact in the aesthetic trends of the medium as an art form.
  3. critique the cultural and historical impact of iconic photographs.
  4. evaluate the relationship between photography and other modes of distributing information concerning events that shape history.
  5. describe the interrelationship between the evolution of photographic images and the style of painting and sculpture.
  6. identify the significant people, technological developments, events, and social trends in the invention and development of photography.
  7. define terms in the vocabulary of photographic imaging and history.

Competency 1 (1-6)
06. 01. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
06. 02. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
06. 03. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
06. 05. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
Competency 2 (7-10)
08. 01. Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
08. 02. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
08. 03. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.

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