The course provides students with the methodological tools to convey fundamental knowledge in history of photography, analyzing photographs and materials, figurative languages and social uses from a cultural history perspective. Particular attention will be given to the historical-cultural context of the production and use of photographs, to the network of relationships, analyzing the topic of materiality.
The course includes the acquisition of historical and philological skills based on the interpretation of photographs, on the reconstruction of contexts and their relationships.
It will provide an outline of the history of the history of photography, the history of photographic archives and national description standards, as well as basic principles for the recognition of photographic techniques.
Knowledge and Understanding:
Knowledge of photographic works, understanding of the different contexts (places of production, taste, circulation)
Applied Knowledge and Understanding Capabilities:
Knowledge of the fundamentals in the history of photogray, capability to identify major works of art and to understand the relationship between different photographs.
Development of critical and analytical abilities to recognize photographs and to place them within the correct historical-cultural frame in relation with the system of production and uses.
Knowledge and use of a specific lexicon for the history of photography.
Learning of an analysis model for the study and understanding of photography within the historical-cultural context.
Regular student at the master's degree course, and possession of the Laurea triennale. A good knowledge of contemporary art history.
I Module: Lectures (36h). Module II: lecture and seminar (36h)
Introduction to analysis methods for a cultural history of photography; analysis of major works and major artists in the context of production and use, analysis of materiality. The course uses slide projections. The projected slides will be made available on the Moodle platform.
The possibility of a visit to a museum is foreseen
Attendance in class is mandatory according to what is established by CdL Regulation
Part-time students, and students enrolled on old systems who cannot attend classes must contact the instructor during reception their regular office hours and arrange a specific coursework in order to attend the final test.
Information on the office hours are available on the instructor university
Type of Assessment
Written test on the course contents and on the required bibliography.
Students must demonstrate in the test:
1) Knowledge of the photographs, artists and contexts studied in class and knowledge of the bibliography;
2) Understanding of the main methodologies in the history of photography;
3) Skill of the specific lexicon for the history of photography
4) Critical ability to discuss the meaning of photographs.
I module. The 3-hours long written test will be structured as follow:
- For attending students: students must identify three different photographs and answer at one open question.
- For non-attending students: students must identify three different photographs and answer at one open question. Moreover they will answer to an extra open
II module. The 4-hours long written test will be structured as follow:
- For attending students: students must identify four different photographs and answer at one open question, and submit a paper on a topic defined during the course (the delivery must take place 14 days before the exam according to the details specified in moodle).
- For non-attending students: students must identify four different photographs and answer at one open question. Moreover they will answer to an extra open
Introduction to the methodologies applied to the history of photography; analysis of major works and photographers in the context of production and use, definition of chronological and thematic reference frameworks.
1. Introduction: methodologies, knowledge tools
2. Gazes on the urban scene and on nature (continuity)
3. The territory, the document and the journey: the exotic and the conquest of the West
4. Real and imaginary journeys, temporal intersections
5. The aesthetics of the document, and the plurality of looks (1890-1914 / 18)
6. Photography on the urban scene and the gaze on nature (discontinuity)
Frontal lessons and seminar
1. The event and the aesthetics of the document (1914 /18-)
2. Modernism and urban space
3. On the road, new documents and the social landscape
4. Identity, territories, places
5/6: seminar part