February 2, 2014
Photo 50B enrollment is now closed. I added as many students as my cap allowed. Check in for summer or fall availability.
Office hour: Mondays, 2:30 to 3:30, V-171. Confirm via email as at times I meet students at their exhibits.
Teaching Schedule Spring 2014
Photography 50B. History and Aesthetics of Photography Since 1945
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.
Recommended Prerequisites: ESL 140 or placement in 150 or completion of concurrent enrollment in ENGL90.
Credit: 4.0 units. Credit earned in Photo 50B is accepted for transfer to the State Universities AND the University of California.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
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.
Textbooks for Photo 50B
Photography: A Cultural History (third edition) by Mary Warner Marien
Criticizing Photographs (seventh edition) by Terry Barrett
Photography: 1900 to the Present by Diana Emery Hulick with Joseph Marshall. Recommended but not required.
Photo 50B online
Schedule a visit to Pier 24th in late January or early February. Pier24.org. Make a reservation.
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