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DP2002

 

DP2002 History of Photography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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NIL

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

To deliver to students a survey of the significant figures and techniques of photographic practice.

Content

This course examines the emergence of photographic traditions within the context of the social, cultural, philosophical, political, economic, and technological forces of its time. It covers the development of the medium from its very beginnings as a scientific curio to the birth of the digital in contemporary times.

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

• Pre history and discovery

2

• Early Photography (1839 - 1850)

3

• The ‘wet’ plate era (1851 -1870)

4

• ‘Dry’ plates, rollfilms (1870 - 1900)

5

• The search for colour

6

• Improving camera design

7

• The documentary and social approach

8

• Pictorial photography and the emergence of the ‘photographic eye’

9

• Modernist movements 1

10

• Modernist movements 2

11

• Changes in professional photography (192080)

12

• Photography in the post modernist age and concern for meaning

13

• Final review

Learning Outcome

The student will be able to place photography practice within a larger socio-historical context. The student will be aware of the importance of such things as technology, social trends, creative evolution and modernism in the development of the photographic medium.

Student Assessment

  1. Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Lecture-based sessions

  • Individual and group written assignments​

Textbooks/References

  1. Roy Thompson, Christopher J Bowen, Grammar of the Shot, Focal Press

  2. Roy Thompson, Christopher J Bowen, Grammar of the Edit, Focal Press

  3. John Mercer, An Introduction to Cinematography, Stipes

  4. Harry Box, Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Focal Press

  5. Richard D Pepperman, Setting Up Your Scenes: The Inner Workings of Great Films, Michael Weise Productions

  6. Marilyn Fabe, Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique, University of California Press

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