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ARTV301 History of Photography: Technology, Document, Art (Advanced)

An interdisciplinary exploration of photography in its multiple manifestations (technology, mass media, and art form) that employs local repositories of historical photographs for classes and assignments.

This paper provides an overview of photography from pre-photographic times to the present. Given that there is no single history, but only histories of the medium, we explore a variety of approaches to the study of photography, its evolution in relation to other art forms, its connection to other fields of knowledge (i.e. medicine, anthropology, history, post-colonial studies), its role in the development of mass culture and its use as a means of social control. Students 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.

This paper makes extensive use of local resources through class visits to examine photographic materials firsthand at the Hocken Collections, Toit?½ Otago Settlers Museum and other Dunedin cultural institutions.

Paper title History of Photography: Technology, Document, Art (Advanced)
Paper code ARTV301
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 200-level ARTH, ARTV, HIST, or VISC paper or 54 points
ARTV 201, VISC 201, VISC 202, VISC 302
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) May not be credited together with ARTH221 passed before 2011 or VISC201 passed before 2016.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Erika Wolf
Required: Mary Warner Mariety, Photography: A cultural History (4th Edition, 2014).

Recommended: A. Wanhalla and E. Wolf, Early New Zealand Photography: Images and Images (2011).

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Students will develop an understanding of photography as a value and an idea that has played an important role in world culture and its relationship to theories of truth and knowledge, to the development of modernity and to the radical social transformations of the past two centuries
  • Additionally, they will acquire an ability to think critically about images and visuality in a range of contexts, including art, advertising, journalism and propaganda, and to explore the social, political and ethical consequences of visual media in contemporary culture

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system