There are two online sections.  If Section 831 is full, register for 832!

ART 50B ONLINE (SECTIONS 831/832)   History and Aesthetics of Photography Since 1945. 

Credit: 4.0 units.  Credit earned in Photo 50B is accepted for transfer to the State Universities AND the University of California.


January 16 to May 23 

This course will be delivered in Canvas.

This course examines various aspects of photography, including photographers, photographs, and technical innovations, within their historical, social and cultural contexts. Although students will study photography as it has been applied to journalism, science, fashion, advertising, et cetera, emphasis will be on photography as art.


ADVISE: ESL 160 or ENGL 93 or ENGL 95 or ENGL 88 or

ENGL 88A or placement in ENGL 96 or ENGL 88B

 TEXTBOOKS (Visit the Photo 50B Book link in the Course Schedule for more information)

Please purchase or rent and have available the second week of class at the latest.

Photography:  A Cultural History (fourth edition)  by Mary Warner Marien
    You can rent from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Photography-Cultural-Mary-Warner-Marien/dp/0205988946
Criticizing Photographs (fifth edition) by Terry Barrett
    You can rent from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Criticizing-Photographs-Terry-Barrett-Professor/dp/0073526533

 Both are available at the City College of San Francisco Bookstore (new window), as well as through the publishers or online vendors.


  1. 1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history of photography from 1945 to the present.

    2. Identify characteristics of works, movements, and chronological periods relevant to photography.

    3. Identify important inventions and processes that contributed to the creation and evolution of photography.

    4. Explain the connections between works of art and their social, cultural, philosophical, and historical contexts.

    5. Analyze and discuss the ideas presented in the readings and lectures as part of the participation component of the course.

    6. Synthesize information about works of art and convey it in written and oral form throughout the semester.

This is an Online Course: Navigate to Canvas for general information.

Important Student CCSFmail Account Information 

City College will only use student CCSFmail accounts for official messages. An account has been created for you. If you lost your password or need to reset it you may do so in your WebStars account. IMPORTANT: If you rarely check your CCSFmail, please set up forwarding. Otherwise you will miss important emails from the college and from me. You are responsible for receiving and responding to these messages in a timely manner.

Things to Do (after enrolling in the course)

  1. Contact me. You must contact me by email kperry@ccsf.edu in order for you to receive important course information. If you have not emailed me by the deadline above, you may be dropped and replaced by another student on a waitlist. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
  2. Log in on the first day of the semester or by 48 (weekday) hours after you add the class. The course will be available the first day of the semester. You must log in on Canvas on the first day (please contact me if you experience technical problems or if you are unable to log on for any reason). Navigate to MyCCSF for a link to Canvas.
  3. Please make an appointment to visit Pier 24 ASAP.  Make a reservation at http://pier24.org/visit/.  If you live out of the area, you can visit another gallery or museum that has a contemporary photography exhibit.  Do not visit until class begins and you have the Gallery Visit Assignment handout.

Important to Note

  • This course is entirely online. There are no on-campus sessions.  However, one or more assignments will require that you visit Pier 24 (new window] in San Francisco (or other contemporary photography collection in your local region if you do not reside in the San Francisco Bay Area).  Museum visits will be scheduled at your convenience.  I will provide more information about this after you enroll.
  • The course content will not be available until the first day of the semester.
  • After the course start date, I will release new content each week, with assignments due at the end of most weeks.
  • This is NOT a self-paced course.  Course discussions, assignments, quizzes and exams have deadlines.
  • The Orientation for this course is online content that will be available for you to read during Topic 1 of the course. You are not required to come to campus for this course.

Head Start

  • If you wish to get started on your reading early:  Begin with Terry Barrett's Criticizing Photographs, fifth edition, chapters 1-4.  Take notes of general concepts.

Online Course Information

General information is available now on Canvas (available through a link on MyCCSF--claim your RAM ID there, which you will use to log in to Canvas) main page, but you will not be able to log in to the course before the first day of the semester. CCSF will email login information to your CCSF Gmail address by the first day of the semester.

Additional Information on Learning Online

I strongly recommend that you visit CCSF Distance Education (new window) to prepare for learning online.  There you will find information on:

  • Minimum hardware and software requirements
  • FAQs about distance learning
  • Links to DSPS and CCSF resources
  • A short self-evaluation that you can use to decide if online learning is right for you

Important Information for Online Students with Disabilities

Students who need academic accommodations should request them from the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) located in the Rosenberg Library, Room 323, on the Ocean Campus. Telephone: 415-452-5481 (V) 415-452-5451 (TDD). DSPS is the campus office responsible for verifying disability-related need for academic accommodations, assessing that need, and planning accommodations in cooperation with students and instructors as needed and consistent with course requirements.

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LINKS TO LOCAL RESOURCES (all links open in a new window)