This course introduces you to the meaning of photography across time and place. Addressing
early photography as well as contemporary digital practices it brings in a creative dialogue with
each other early daguerreotypes with Instagram; mobile phone photography with the image
philosophy of Walter Benjamin, and Roland Barthes; drone images with Indian and aboriginal
Australian visual culture. Starting off with an introduction to the invention of photography, the
course proceeds with an exploration of the classics that make up our understanding of
photography. You will then be introduced to decolonial debates, affect theory and participative practices.
Finally you will learn to analyze photographs within the context of today’s digital habitats hence
learning also basic elements of digital culture. All lectures will be illustrated with the help of a rich
array of visual materials. The course includes student presentations, in which you will be asked to read and present a theoretical text and group work around specific topics.
Your participation in the class activities (presentations, group discussions) will constitute an integral part of the evaluation for the course.
Lectures (illustrated with the help of visual materials) and practice-based tutorials.