Photographic History: The Last 100 Years
Culture, Ideology and Memory
Instructor: Michelle Bogre
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 28, 2021
Course fee: $400
Photo by Walker Evans.
All photographs arise from the material, ideological and cultural climate in which they are made. This class will explore a global history of documentary photography from the 1930s to the present with a focus on a thematic, rather than a chronological structure. We will look at how photographic approaches to similar subjects have changed throughout time and we will connect photo history to the social and political issues of the day. This will allow us to consider how culture, time, place, and technology have impacted the history of photography. We will address the photograph as craft; as an art form; as a technology; as an image culture; and as witness, evidence and memory. The class will include photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Gordon Parks from the FSA in the 1930s, to Nan Goldin and Robert Frank in the late 20th century, to Ruddy Roye and Sheila Pree Bright with Diversify.photo in 2021.
The class will be structured through readings, lectures, looking at images, and discussion—with an emphasis on the later.
Michelle Bogre, the former Chair of the Photography Department at Parsons School of Design in New York, currently holds the title of Professor Emerita title from Parsons after a 25-year career teaching almost every type of photography class and a special class she developed on copyright law for artists and designers. She is also a copyright lawyer, documentary photographer and author of four books: Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century, Documentary Photography Reconsidered: History, Theory and Practice, and her most recent, The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century. She regularly lectures and writes about copyright and photography. Her photographs and/or writings have been published in books, including the Time-Life Annual Photography series, The Family of Women, Beauty Bound, The Design Dictionary (Birkhauser Press, 2008) and photographer Trey Ratcliffe’s monograph, Light Falls like Bits. She is currently trying to finish a long term documentary project on family farms, published on Instagram as @thefarmstories, and a revision of Photography As Activism.
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