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Nicolette A. Bromberg
HIST 222
Seattle Campus

Understanding Photographs as Historic Documents

Introduction to understanding how to view and interpret information contained in photographs. Examines the photograph as artifact, intent of the photographer, photographic codes and meanings; how such information is used, misused, and manipulated for various purposes and how to navigate archival institutions in search of photographs. Offered: jointly with INFO 222.

Class description

Introduction to understanding how to view and interpret information contained in photographs. The course will examine the photograph as an artifact, how to see like a photographer, the intent of the photographer, photographic codes and meanings, how photographs are used, misused and manipulated for various purposes and how to navigate archival institutions in search of photographs.

The course will be lecture and classroom discussion.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Complete assigned readings.

Class assignments and grading

Readings for class discussion; several short papers and a photographic analysis project.

Participation in class discussion; completion of projects; attendence.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 11/10/2005