History of Photography


Explore the history of photography as an artistic medium, a cultural expression, a technological marvel, and a social text. During our class we will travel around the globe, analyzing photographs from Europe, the United States, and various international contexts. In addition to exploring photography as an artistic medium, we will look at the cultural discourse of photography, and engage in discussions on ethics, nationalism, gender, race, mass culture, and memory. Accordingly, the course includes readings from disciplines as diverse as art history, visual studies, visual anthropology, and sociology. Covering over a century of photographic practice, students will gain the ability to deeply understand and analyze the shifting medium of photography and its sociocultural contexts.

Image Credit: Joseph Nicéphore Niépce,View from the Window at Le Gras, 1826. Heliograph.
  • Date: June 2, 2021
  • Categories: Art HistoryFilm & Media Studies
  • Institution St. Olaf College
  • Course Code ART256
  • Semester Fall 2023, Fall 2021, Fall 2020
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