History and Theory of Photography
In Theory and History of Photography, students acquire knowledge and methodologies that enable a reflected use of the medium of photography with regard to its aesthetic and social effects.
Students gain an overview of the historical development of applied, artistic and popular uses and aesthetics of photography. They deal with the media specificity of photography and various photographic processes and with different artistic directions, styles, image genres and forms of presentation.
Ethical and legal issues when capturing and showing specific images, as well as methods of image analysis and analysis of image narrative are discussed. Oral and written works analyze and train students ability to perceive and articulate their positions in photography.
Exercises in brainstorming and research as well as the written assignments and the oral presentation of concepts or projects prepare students to write their final thesis.
Course taught by:
Prof. Manfred Schmalriede
Prof. Susanne Holschbach