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PHOT 154

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PHOT 154 | History of Photography examines the role and function of photography and its cultural history, including its relationship to art, science, social sciences, travel, fashion, and mass media.  During each class, round-table discussions will focus on the important cultural, aesthetic and technical considerations in photography within the historical and contemporary contexts of works by photographers from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  Such topics will include Looking At and Understanding Photographs, The Origins and Development of Photography, A New Aesthetic – 19th Century Photography, Photography and Modernity, Lens Culture and Mass Media as well as The Globalization of Photography in the Digital Age.  In addition to the round-table discussions, there will be a variety of presentations on photography’s relationship with several key topics that have played role in the history of the medium, including such topics as The Photo Book, Theater of the Everyday – A Look at Street PhotographyFamily Values – The Family as Subject, the Politics of Photography, Archive, Appropiation and the Photographer as Curator, Once Upon A Time – Narrative and Tableau Photography, and Inside The Digital Vault – Photographic Archives, Collections, Blogs and the Social Discourse of Photography.

Catalog Description

A survey of the development of photography as a visual tradition. The development of photographic technology will be discussed as it has affected photographic practice and the appearance of the final image. The relation of photography to other arts and other technologies will be discussed in a broad cultural and visual arts context.  The course traces and analyzes the development of aesthetic traditions in photography, including the portrait, the landscape, expeditionary photography, war photography, the instantaneous photograph, and significant developments in 20th century photography and the 21st century transition to digital capture and printing. The development of technology in relation to photographic imagery will also be considered, including the origin of the camera, daguerreotypes, paper prints, high-speed emulsions and lenses, flexible film, the hand camera, color photography, and digital image capture and manipulation.

Satisfies Grossmont College GE – Area C | CSU – Area C1 and IGETC – Area 3A requirements.

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for enrollment in PHOT 154 | History of Photography.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Demonstrate ability to recognize and recall photography’s historical, modern and contemporary aesthetic and technical developments, practitioners, genres and trends in photographic thought.

Demonstrate application of critical thinking practices in describing, interpreting and evaluating photography’s historical, modern and contemporary aesthetic and technical developments, practitioners and genres, and its relationship within broader social, cultural and visual arts contexts.

Assessment Activity: Research Paper

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Required Textbook for Study Question Responses

PHOT154_3rdTextbook…….PHOT 154 Textbook

Throughout the semester, students will participate in discussions on various aspects on the history of photography from both historical and contemporary contexts. The discussions will be based on lectures, presentations and assigned readings from the required text, Photography – A Cultural History, 4th Edition, which is available from the bookstore for purchase or rental as well as Amazon.  Use of Photography – A Cultural History, 3rd Edition is fine as well if you’re able to find this edition. Copies of both editions are also on reserve in the Grossmont College Library.  Students will be asked to complete written responses to study questions for each of the assigned readings.

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Course Information and Curriculum Links for PHOT 154 | History of Photography

Scroll down page for detailed semester calendar and click on link to locate information regarding curriculum activities and assignments.

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Chapter Summary Responses

The Chapter Summary Responses are due at the start of class on the day of presentation | discussion of that given chapter.  The summary responses are to be completed by downloading and completing the pdf questionnaire.  Responses completed late will not be accepted and considered for an evaluation.

On the day of the Chapter Summary Quizzes, you’ll be asked to return the completed Chapter Summary Responses prior to being allowed to complete the quiz.  The Chapter Summary Quizzes will be returned only for reviewing your grade.

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1 – The Origins of Photography

2 – The Second Invention of Photography

3 – Popular Photography and the Aims of Art

4 – Imaging of the Social World

5 – Science and Social Science

6 – The Great Divide

7 – Modern Life

8 – Art and the Age of Mass Media

9 – Social Science, Social Change and the Camera

10 – The Human Family

11 – The West and the Cold War

12 – Globalism, Technology, and Social Change

13 – The Postmodern View

14 – Into the Twenty–First Century

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Critical Inquiry Responses

1 – One Picture | In-Class Assignment – Image Analysis

2 – Selected Frames | Considering a Photograph

3 – Photographers At Work | Similar Concerns, Different Approaches

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Final Project

On The Wall | Curating A Photography Exhibition

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PHOT 154 Fall 2017 Calendar

Section 5730 | Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30 am – 11:45 am

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8 | 22 – Tuesday – 1

Introduction to course, discussion of syllabus, course expectations and use of course website

Discussion of Light Writing: From Daguerreotype to Digital and Considering the History of Photography

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8 | 24 – Thursday – 2

Presentation | Discussion of Beyond The Surface | Thinking About Photographs and Seeing Photographs

Discussion of Critical Inquiry Response #1 – In-Class Writing Assignment | One Picture

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8 | 29 – Tuesday – 3

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 1 – The Origins of Photography

Chapter 1 Summary Due at Start of Class

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8 | 31 – Thursday – 4

Critical Inquiry Response #1 – In-class Writing Assignment | One Picture – based on discussion of Beyond The Surface | Thinking About Photographs and Seeing Photographs

Presentation | Discussion of The Ten Most Expensive Photographs

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9 | 1 – Friday

Census Day – Last Day to Drop without a “W” appearing on Academic Record

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9 | 5 – Tuesday – 5

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 2 – The Second Invention of Photography

Chapter 2 Summary Due at Start of Class

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9 | 7 – Thursday – 6

Quiz #1 | Chapters 1 – 2 and The Ten Most Expensive Photographs

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9 | 12 – Tuesday – 7

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 3 – Popular Photography and the Aims of Art

Chapter 3 Summary Due at Start of Class

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9 | 14 – Thursday – 8

Presentation | Discussion of Past | Present – Historical Techniques and Contemporary Photography

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9 | 19 – Tuesday – 9

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 4 – Imaging of the Social World

Chapter 4 Summary Due at Start of Class

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9 | 21 – Thursday – 10

Quiz #2 | Chapters 3 – 4 and Past | Present – Historical Techniques and Contemporary Photography

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9 | 26 – Tuesday – 11

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 5 – Science and Social Science

Chapter 5 Summary Due at Start of Class

9 | 28 – Thursday – 12

Presentation | Discussion of Making Pictures – A Survey of Early Photographic Materials and Processes

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10 | 3 – Tuesday – 13

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 6 – The Great Divide

Chapter 6 Summary Due at Start of Class

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10 | 5 – Thursday – 14

Quiz #3 | Chapters 5 – 6 and Making Pictures – A Survey of Early Photographic Materials and Processes

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10 | 10 – Tuesday – 15

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 7 – Modern Life

Chapter 7 Summary Due at Start of Class

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10 | 12 – Thursday – 16

Presentation | Discussion of Critical Inquiry Response #2 – Selected Frames | Considering a Photograph

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10 | 17 – Tuesday – 17

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 8 – Art and the Age of Mass Media

Chapter 8 Summary Due at Start of Class

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10 | 19 – Thursday – 18

Quiz #4 | Chapters 7 – 8

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10 | 24 – Tuesday – 19

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 9 – Social Science, Social Change and the Camera

Chapter 9 Summary Due at Start of Class

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10 | 26 – Thursday – 20

Critical Inquiry Response #2 Due At Start of Class | Selected Frames | Considering a Photograph

Presentation | Discussion of Crime Seen

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10 | 31 – Tuesday – 21

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 10 – The Human Family

Chapter 10 Summary Due at Start of Class

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11 | 2 – Thursday – 22

Quiz #5 | Chapters 9 – 10 and Crime Seen

Presentation | Discussion of Critical Inquiry Response #3 – Photographers At Work | Similar Concerns, Different Approaches

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11 | 7 – Tuesday – 23

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 11 – The West and the Cold War

Chapter 11 Summary Due at Start of Class

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11 | 9 – Thursday – 24

Presentation | Discussion of Color – Photography Transformed

Last Day to Drop with a “W” appearing on Academic Record

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11 | 14 – Tuesday – 25

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 12 – Globalism, Technology, and Social Change

Chapter 12 Summary Due at Start of Class

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11 | 16 – Thursday – 26

Quiz #6 | Chapters 11 – 12 and Color – Photography Transformed

Presentation | Discussion of Final Project – On The Wall | Curating A Photography Exhibition

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11 | 21 – Tuesday – 27

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 13 – The Postmodern View

Chapter 13 Summary Due at Start of Class

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11 | 23 – Thursday – 28

No Class | Thanksgiving Holiday

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11 | 28 – Tuesday – 29

Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 14 – Into the Twenty–First Century

Chapter 14 Summary Due at Start of Class

Critical Inquiry Response #3 Due At Start of Class | Photographers At Work | Similar Concerns, Different Approaches

Follow-Up Discussion of Final Project – On The Wall | Curating A Photography Exhibition

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11 | 30 – Thursday – 30

Continuation of Presentation | Discussion of Chapter 14 – Into the Twenty–First Century

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12 | 5 – Tuesday – 31

Quiz #7 | Chapters 13 – 14

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12 | 7 – Thursday – 32

Presentation | Study Session for Final Quiz (Optional – Makeup) | Comprehensive – Chapters 1 – 14

Final Project DueOn The Wall | Curating A Photography Exhibition

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12 | 14 – Thursday

Scheduled from 9:25 am – 11:25 am

Final Quiz (Optional – Makeup) | Comprehensive – Chapters 1 – 14

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Curriculum Evaluation

Your final grade will be determined by a culmination of points earned based on your performance with the below listed curriculum assignments. Questions regarding curriculum assignment grades and/or the final grade must be brought to the attention of the instructor. To provide equitable instruction for all students while during class hours, please ask questions regarding your grade during instructor office hours or after class.

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Chapter Summary Responses…………… …….………140………(14 summaries @ 10 pts each)

Lecture | Chapter Summary Quizzes………………….. 350………(7 quizzess @ 50 pts each)

Critical Inquiry Response #1……… ……………………..40

Critical Inquiry Response #2……… ……………………..80

Critical Inquiry Response #3……… ….….…….………..80

Final Project……………………………………………….200

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Final Grading

Your overall final grading based on points earned will be representative as follows:

A .. (100% – 93%) ……….890 – 823

A-.. (92% – 90%) ………..822 – 797

B+..(89% – 87%) ………..796 – 770

B (86% – 83%) ………..769 – 734

B-.. (82% – 80%) ………..733 – 708

C+.(79% – 77%) ………..707 – 681

C(76% – 70%) ………..680 – 619

D (69% – 60%) ………..618 – 530

F (59% and less) ….…..529 – 0

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