Open Course “History of Photography: Technology, Document, Art”

    From 4th of February until 28th of March 2019  open course “History of Photography: Technology, Document, Art” will be taught at the School of Advanced Studies. The course is open, so everybody is welcome. Participants will receive a certificate of the course completion issued by SAS if they attend regularly.

    Monday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The course is taught in English. Free and open admission.

    This lecture series provides an overview of photography from pre-photographic times to the present. We will explore various approaches to the historical study of photography: its emergence as a technology for documenting the world, its evolution in relation to other art forms, its connection to various fields of knowledge (such as medicine, anthropology, history, post-colonial studies), its role in the development of mass culture, and its use as a means of social control. Lectures will consider the photographic image in a range of contexts, including art, advertising, journalism, and propaganda, and will explore the social, political and ethical consequences of photographic media in contemporary culture.

    Erika Wolf is a visual historian with particular interest in modernism and modernity, Soviet visual culture, photography, propaganda, and cross-cultural representation. A native New Yorker, from 2013 to 2018 she taught in the department of History and Art History at the University of Otago (New Zealand. She completed a bachelor degree in Sociology and Science in Human Affairs at Princeton University, was a fellow of curatorial studies at the Whitney Museum, and completed her graduate education in both Art History and Russian & Eastern European Studies at the University of Michigan. She has received numerous international fellowships and has contributed to exhibition projects at international art museums, including the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is presently completing an introduction to the history of photography in Russia for Reaktion Press.

    The Plan

    • Feb. 4: Camera Obscura: The Origins of Photography
    • Feb. 7: Daguerreotype vs. Calotype
    • Feb. 11: The Photograph as a Document
    • Feb. 14: Focus on the Body: Portraiture and the Human Countenance
    • Feb. 18: Focus on the Body: The Human Sciences (Medicine, Anthropology)
    • Feb. 21: “The Other Half”: Photography and Social Control
    • Feb. 25: Recording the Invisible, Motion, and Color
    • Feb 28: 19th Century Virtual Reality: Stereographs and Magic Lanterns
    • Mar. 4: “You Press the Button and We Do the Rest”: Kodak and the Snapshot
    • Mar. 7: The Modern Illustrated Press & the Rise of Photojournalism
    • Mar. 11: Photography and/as Art
    • Mar. 14: The New Vision: From Pictorialism to Modernism
    • Mar. 18: Photomontage, Photogram, Manipulation
    • Mar. 21: Sovetskoe Foto: Photography and Revolution
    • Mar. 25: Photography and Recent Art
    • Mar. 28: The Digital Revolution