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Postwar & Contemporary Photography History

Postwar & Contemporary Photography History
Dr. Elizabeth A. Brown
Monday 6-9pm | March 27 - June 5, 2017*
$700 (Members Receive 10% Discount with Code)

Level: Beginning / Intermediate
Prerequisites: None; recommended Photography I or History of Photography
Credits: 3 - fulfills Elective requirement for Certificate Program

Description:
This class introduces students to the astonishing range of theories, strategies, and techniques that comprise recent photo-based work.

Photographs dominate current art practice: Virtually none of the art celebrated today (even much painting and sculpture) would be possible without the invention of the camera, whereas the first century of the medium’s history was dominated by struggles to prove its validity as art.

Through museum and gallery visits, short presentations, critical texts, and extensive analysis and discussion, we will survey new critical approaches to documentary and street photography; constructed-image photographs; photography linked to Social Practice; and formalist abstraction. Significant topics include the Düsseldorf School that developed around Bernd and Hilla Becher; Conceptualism; the “Pictures Generation; Identity Politics”; photography in performance, by Beat artists, Pop artists, Body artists, and Earth Artists; and artists recuperating “primitive” photo-technologies. Although our time is short, we will consider photographic developments from around the world, including Africa; post-war Japan; and more recent art from Korea and China. Primarily studying still objects in our classroom seminars, we will also discuss installations, book production, and time-based work by major figures in the field.

*PCNW CLOSED / NO CLASSES on May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.

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