This course will focus on a small, select number of photographs studied in significant depth. Making use of critical theories of reading and looking, we will examine photographs that are both canonical and non canonical, from the earliest daguerreotypes in the 19th century to avant garde experimentation in the 20th century to the expanding global image ecologies of the present. We will study the social, intellectual,and art histories of photography, interrogating concepts of visual representation and issues of technology, identity, and power, and employing the theoretical lenses of critical writers.
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