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First-Year Seminar (101-6-1)


On Seeing & Believing


Pamela L Bannos

Meeting Info

Kresge Centennial Hall 3-410: Tues, Thurs 1:00PM - 2:20PM

Overview of class

This course will explore the history and nature of photographic imagery relating to its capacity for misrepresentation, with emphasis on context and photography as a contemporary art practice. From the work of 19-century daguerreotypists to conceptual artists of the 1980s and curent digital imaging practitioners; from optical lens distortion to post-production manipulation; and from re-contextualized art photography to Internet hoaxes, we will investigate the age-old issue of truth and its relationship to photography. In addition to more extensive essays, students will write short responses to readings, and produce imagery related to discussion topics.

Class Materials (Required)

No course costs.

Class Attributes

WCAS First-Year Seminar

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for First Year & Sophomore only