Lecture: All the Worlds an Image: A Thematic History of Photography, Julia Dean Workshops


With the advent of photography in 1839, the world became its subject. This course will examine five dominant themes in the history of photography: portraiture, landscape, the nude, war/social consciousness and fashion/still life. The five lectures will explore how photography has evolved over its 172-year history through changing technologies, aesthetics, and sociopolitical awareness. We will explore 19th century greats such as Nadar and Julia Margaret Cameron, turn-of-the-century Pictorialists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Clarence White, Modernism’s more exacting yet interpretive styles, and contemporary trends in the works of Nan Goldin, Platon and Andrew Moore, and others. Critical writings by Roland Barthes, Max Kozloff, and Gerry Badger will shape the instructor’s discussions. These will provide unique interpretations and raise critical questions that will expand each student’s appreciation of art, history, and the direction of their own work.

Lectures will be presented on the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning in August and ending in December. Each lecture will last two hours from 7:30-9:30 pm.

Five-Part Series
(All times 7:30-9:30pm)

Tuesday, August 9, Theme: Portraiture

Tuesday, September 13, Theme: Landscape

Tuesday, October 11, Theme: The Nude

Tuesday, November 8, Theme: War/Social Consciousness

Tuesday, December 13, Theme: Fashion/Still Life

Series fee: $45

At-the-door admission: $15 general; $10 student w/ID