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 Benjamin, Bazin and Barthes; 360 degrees images with Indian and aboriginal Australian visual culture; the making of photographs with the curation of exhibitions.
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. We explore the connections of photography with matters of life and death, with magic and violence. You will then be introduced to semiotics, phenomenology and postmodern theory. Finally you will learn to analyse photographs within the context of today’s digital habitats with the multiple screens, interactivity and multimodality. Addressing emerging camera technologies as well as the world of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc. this section will introduce you hence also to basic elements of digital culture.
All lectures will be illustrated with the help of visual materials.
The course includes tutorials. These are mandatory moments in which the students are asked to conduct some research and group work around a specific topic and then share their results with their colleagues.
Some lectures will start with a group discussion over one selected reading. The students are expected to have read this text and be ready to debate it with the rest of the class.
IMPORTANT! Your performance at the tutorials and group discussions will constitute an integral part of the evaluation for the course.