Photographic History: Michelle Bogre, Spring 2022

Photographic History
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 Wednesdays beginning September 21

Course fee: $475

Photo by Gordon Parks
© Gordon Parks 1942. Washington, D.C. Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman, with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter.


Class Description

All photographs arise from the material, ideological and cultural time in which they are made.  This photography history class will explore mid 20th to 21st century photographic history thematically, rather than chronologically. 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, technology and culture have impacted the history of photography. The class will be structured as lectures, followed by discussion.  Readings for those who want more depth will be posted but will not be required.

Michelle Bogre

Michelle BogreMichelle 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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