Course reader

Dear Students, please find below the papers and chapters that are part of our course reader. I created a dedicated and communal repository where you’ll find PDF facsimiles. The link can be found in the dedicated spreadsheet. Do not hesitate to email us if you encounter difficulties in locating it. (1) Adams, Robert, ‘‘Introduction to… Continue reading Course reader


Slide decks (in pdf) available on our cloud here: (or go to W21-160-1 > public > Lectures). High resolution and source files upon request. (1) Monday, January 4th 2021: Introductory lecture. (2) Monday, January 11th 2021: Photography and the Winning of the West (3) Wednesday, January 13th 2021: Downstream Photographic Transformations: The Case of… Continue reading Lectures


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Robert Adams (American, 1937) Lewis Baltz (American, 1945-2014) Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002) Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971) Gabriele Basilico (Italian, 1944) Bernd and Hilla Becher (German, 1931-2007; 1934-2015) Dannielle Bowman (American) Kwasi Boyd Bouldin (American) Laurie Brown (American) Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, 1955) Jessica Chou (Asian-American, 1985) Teju Cole (Nigerian-American, 1975) Mitch Epstein (American, 1952) Walker… Continue reading Artists

Class focus

In the of the second half of the 19th-century, it is striking to see how inventors, photographers and scholars alike praised the newly born medium. As one of them famously noted – in awe looking at the pictures Maxime Du Camp’s shot in Egypt and Palestine – photography was to “retrieve the whole world in… Continue reading Class focus