Photography: Theory, History and Art Photography

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Photography: Theory, History and Art Photography

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Photography

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    INTRODUCTION
    This Course combines a theoretical and practical approach to the phenomenon of the
    photographic.
    From the first notions provided, up to the conclusions presented at the close, students will be
    involved in a wide range of photographic practices linked with the major photographic genre types.
    The Course’s practical character will be backed up by sessions based on the history and theory of
    Photography as a framework for understanding the different uses, genre types and approaches to the
    photographic medium which exist, as well as a way of encouraging an analytical reading of
    contemporary photographic-based pictures.
    Specific attention will be paid to Photography as a contemporary creative art form within the
    Spanish context.
    OBJECTIVES
    The objectives of the Course entitled "Telling (Hi)stories through Photography: History, Genre Types and
    Contemporary Practices" are as follows:
    - To learn how to handle a camera as used in Photography.
    - To understand the principles of photographic art.
    - To provide an introduction to Digital Photography.
    - To appreciate the possibilities of Photography as an expressive and informative medium.
    - To become knowledgeable about and understand the history of Photography.
    - To develop critical skills in reading contemporary photographic images.
    - To develop social and teamwork skills.

    II. METHODOLOGY
    Class sessions will be based on real participation and discussion, thereby encouraging a pro-active
    attitude in students.
    III. SYLLABUS
    1.- INTRODUCTION. THE WORLD IN PICTURES. APPLICATIONS AND USES OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
    - Telling stories through Photography
    - Revisiting the origins of Photography
    - History of Photography I. From 1839 to the Brownie camera.
    - Classifications: Photo-Document; Photo-Advertising; Photo-Art

    CONTENTS BLOCK A: PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUE
    2.- FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES
    - Light and image formation. The eye and the camera.
    - Exposure: diaphragm apertures, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. The law of reciprocity.
    - Types of camera, formats, lenses and sensors.
    - Depth of field and hyper-focal distance.
    - Picture composition.
    3.- DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
    - Introduction: differences and similarities between digital and analog photography.
    - Fundamental principles of Digital Photography. Basic concepts. CCD (Charge Coupled Device).
    Resolution. Color Depth. The Camera’s Histogram. White balance settings.
    - Types of files.
    - Optimization and retouching pictures.
    - Workflow and developing raw files.
    - Picture size and picture compression.
    - Black and white Digital Photography
    - High-Dynamic-Range Photos (HDR).
    CONTENTS BLOCK B: THEORY AND HISTORY
    4.- DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
    - Photography as testimony / Truth as appearance.
    5.- HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (II)
    - From 1900 to 1955. Photography and the artistic avant-garde. The shattering of the mirror.
    Street photography.
    6.- PHOTOGRAPH AS PORTRAIT.
    7.- THE CITY AS SETTING: URBAN LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE.
    8.- HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (III). PHOTOGRAPHY AND FICTION
    - From the sixties to the present day. Photography and storytelling. Conceptual Art. New
    documentary style.
    9.- PHOTOGRAPHY IN SPAIN. From 1900 to the present day.
    - The colonial slant. The 30s avant–garde and pictorialism.
    - Neorealism’s new documents.
    10.- PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE MEDIA
    - Multimedia with pictures as a point of departure. Hybridizations. Photography and Cinema.
    Photography and social networks.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.