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Week 1 Notes

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Week 1 Notes Art 301

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Notes cover the information gone over in week one, along with a brief history of photography. Terms are highlighted in blue.
History of Photography
Jennifer Slye-Moore
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Art History




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mary Bone on Wednesday August 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Art 301 at Humboldt State University taught by Jennifer Slye-Moore in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 21 views. For similar materials see History of Photography in Art at Humboldt State University.


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Date Created: 08/31/16
Week 1, Art 301 History of Photography  Joseph Niepce, View from the Window at Le Gras, 1826 or 1827 o First photograph, debate over when the history of photography begins  Camera Obscura o Light type box, that allows light into the box, projecting the image onto the wall  Two different types of photograph process o Calotype—negative process o Dauguerrotype—direct positive process  Reading Notes: Histories & Pre­histories of Photography by Peter Smith & Carolyn  Lefley o Chapter 1 Histories and Pre­Histories of Photography  The Pencil of Nature is the first commercial publication to include  photographs  Produced by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1844­46  1844 Talbot established the first photography studios in Reading, England  the Pencil of Nature anticipates the value of photographic documentation  compared with high cultural practices, photography was a “lowly carrier  of information” o The Making of Photography and its Histories  The “discovery” of photography is widely debated th  Bernard Marbot argues that 19  century Europe were willing photography  into life  Marbot indicates the desire to capture the fleeting effects of light  “the rate at which society was changing made it impossible for art  to continue to fulfill adequately the descriptive and narrative  functions it had hither to performed. The rapid and unrelenting  progress of science and technologycalled now for an  iconographical system of a different kind, one capable of carrying  it forward”  Talbot made lists of possible photographic functions and applications  Early modes of disseminating photographic prints yielded great success  for some of the early entrepreneurs in the field  The early period of photography the separation of “highbrow” and “low  brow” practices was defined by the mechanical pracices  Both expressive and descriptive functions have been assimilated into the  history of photography  Cameron used portraiture as an expressive medium  Carte­de­viste photgraphs hasd many social functions   Historians in recent times have become sensitive to the way photgraphs  are used as a medium of identity construction  Whatever the photographer leaves out might be significant and areas of  photography practice are routinely marginalized  All books on photography contain the same notion, that there is a specific  object called photography  “the writing of photography histories against a backdrop of aesthetic  trends and movements has linked the subject with the well known style  labels in the arts and wider social and political ideals.” o Photography and Modernity  “Although it was a century old, photography was repeatedly described  during this time as having only recently been discovered—which is to say, only recently having revealed its social and creative consequences.”— Phillips, 1989  in the 1920s Photography was linked to the prograsseive art movements   and a involvement with magazines, books, and exhibitions  both Pop Art and New Realism signaled an awareness with the influence  of photography in newspapers, ads, etc.  in the mid­twentieth century fashion was a primary interest to  photographers


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