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    History of Photography - Fall 2024

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    FACULTY Dr. Elizabeth Brown
    DAY / TIME Monday 6-9pm | September 30 - December 2, 2024
    TUITION $870
    Payment & Refund Policy
    Scholarship Opportunities
    FORMAT In-person, enrollment is limited to 12 students.
    LEVEL Intermediate
    PREREQS Recommended Photography I
    CREDITS 3 – Fulfills History requirement for Certificate Program

    This seminar will focus on significant people, events, and subjects in the development of photography. Through class discussions and readings, we will analyze and compare the works of a variety of artists and practitioners, examine how historical events have impacted photographic practice, and explore the relationship between photography and the fine art world. Visits to important photographic collections in the Seattle area, as well as local galleries, will form a part of this class.


    • Survey the wide range of photographers, issues, and practices that have defined photography over the nearly two centuries of the medium's history
    • Critical analysis of images, discussion of readings, and exploration of the intricacies of the creative process

    Students will complete the course with:

    • Expanded understanding of diverse artists and works throughout history
    • Understanding of context for their approaches within art and cultural history
    • Connection of historical context and inspiration to personal creative photographic interests
    • Investigative tools for future exploration


    • Weekly attendance is vital to student success in PCNW courses. We require that students attend the first meeting in order to retain their spot in the class. A waiver may be granted if permission is given by, and subsequent arrangements made with, both the PCNW Registrar and Faculty. Please see our Education Policies for details about attendance policies and academic expectations.
    • Intermediate and advanced courses have prerequisites which students must satisfy prior to enrollment. Prerequisites may be waived based on experience or prior courses taken through other institutions. To verify that you meet the prerequisite(s) for a course, contact Jennifer Brendicke, Registrar at jbrendicke@pcnw.org.
    • PCNW adheres to a strict payment, cancellation and refund policy. Please review our Payment & Refund Policies prior to registration.
    • Students should prepare to spend several hours per week completing assignments outside of class, which may require use of the PCNW facilities; view our Rental Rates for details about additional fees. Rental fees for use of PCNW Facilities are a separate cost from tuition.