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ARHT3662: On Photography and the Wretched Screen

This unit will draw on a wide range of photographic material, including university and museum collections, to examine the pivotal role of photography in recording and shaping our image-culture across diverse global contexts. The unit will engage with key debates to examine the social, cultural, theoretical, historical and art practice contexts of the photograph as an image and as an object. Key theories from Walter Benjamin to Hito Steyerl will be used to interrogate themes of memory, documentary and the real, witnessing, conflict, gender and sexuality, decolonisation, and the digital.

Code ARHT3662
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop advanced analytical and research skills to engage with the variety of photographic processes and technologies of production through encounters with key primary texts and photographs in local Sydney collections
  • LO2. gain a sophisticated understanding of the range of artistic, cultural and social functions, and significance of the photographic image from the advent of the medium in the 19th-century to our present moment
  • LO3. build practice, confidence and skill in oral and written presentation of material, both individually and as a group, and in analysing photographs in their multiple contexts of production and reception.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.