Naraelle Kristin Hohensee
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.
This course will explore the key ideas and debates concerning the power and politics of photography, through readings, images and students’ own photographic practice. The notion of violence – not only the representation of violent acts, such as war and crime, but the violence of the photographic act itself – will provide a guiding thread for our investigation. Our texts will include seminal writings on photography by authors such as Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, Laura Mulvey and John Tagg, as well as key bodies of images from artists such as Cindy Sherman, Matthew Brady, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Jacob Riis.
In addition to short response papers and seminar-style discussions of readings, students will use their own photographic practice as a way to explore the issues discussed in class. They will use the medium of micro- blogging to chart their weekly image-based explorations, and will present these frequently to one another in class. Students’ final projects will consist of both photographic and written text, based on themes discussed in seminar.
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