Photographic History: 1960 to the Present
Culture, Ideology and Memory
"Michelle is a teacher with so much experience with her subject and with teaching. While each of our sessions was jam-packed with information and photographs related to a specific theme of social documentary photography, Michelle presented with patience and clarity. During class discussion, she created a space for students to speak and listen to her and each other's responses."
—Student in fall 2021 SDN Education program
Instructor: Michelle Bogre
7:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Tuesdays beginning February 15
(There will be no class on March 22)
Course fee: $475
Photo by Ed Kashi/VII
This is a continuation of the Spring 2021 class: Photo History: Culture, Ideology and Memory. All students – former and new – are welcome. We will explore a global history of documentary photography but use 1960 as our starting point. As in the Spring class, presentations will be thematic to allow us to consider how culture, time, place, and technology impact the making of photographs. This class also will emphasize theory to help us understand the multifaceted nature of the photograph as it shifts time and space.
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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