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Undergraduate Course: Photography in Modernism and Postmodernism (HIAR10168)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers critical engagements with works by canonical and marginalised photographers in the history of modernist and postmodernist photography, to address a number of distinct but overlapping areas of concern. The course is structured as a series of two-hour seminars, exploring these concerns from foci on individual artists to exhibition curation.
Course description This course will critically engage with works by canonical and marginalised photographers in the history of modernist and postmodernist photography, to address three distinct but overlapping areas of concern: photography and the politics of representation; intersections of photography with other media and artistic practices; transformations of genre and style. Theoretical readings will introduce students to key texts, topics, and concepts which will be explored through attention to specific works and moments in the history of photography. Course elements will also include foci on the curation of photographic exhibitions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR ( Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse photographic images from a variety of contemporary theoretical perspectives.
  2. Understand complex arguments about the nature and content of the photographic image.
  3. Present their own ideas clearly in writing, presentation, and debate.
  4. Prepare and organise their own work effectively, and to deadlines.
Reading List
Patricia Allmer and John Sears, Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs (London: Prestel, 2014).

Patricia Allmer, Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016).

Mieke Bleyen, Minor Photography: Connecting Deleuze and Guattari to Photography Theory, Lieven Gevaert Series, Volume 13, 2012.

Joan Copjec, 'Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills' in Imagine There's No Woman: Ethics and Sublimation (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002), pp. 67-80.

James Elkins, What Photography Is (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2011).

Martin Hand, Ubiquitous Photography (Cambridge: Polity, 2012).

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis;
Clear thinking and the development of an argument;
Independent research;
Presentation and communication skills;
Organization and planning.
KeywordsPhotography,photography theory,the politics of representation,media and intersectionality
Course organiserDr Patricia Allmer
Tel: (0131 6)51 3113
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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