Art History: Writing on Photography - with Dr. Mark Crees

Ref: C3533598

Incredible to think how many of our experiences we now frame through the tiny camera lens of our phones. We are all habitual photographers, carrying thousands of frozen moments safely in our pockets. And yet few of us pause to consider how photography shapes the way in which we see our world, or shapes even how we see ourselves. On this course, we will explore the important connection which has always existed between imaginative writing and photography, especially in the work of John Berger, Susan Sontag, Geoff Dyer and Roland Barthes. We will look at some of the most influential photographers of our time and there will also be an opportunity to use photography as the basis for your own writing and cultural investigations.

Course aim

to explore the relationship between photography, philosophy and imaginative writing

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explore the way Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, and John Berger wrote about photography.
  • use photography as a starting point for your own creative writing.
  • analyse and interpret the work of several key photographers
  • explore the important connection which exists between photography and imaginative writing, especially in the work of Geoff Dyer.
  • explore the changing nature of our relationship to photography in the 21st century.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

nothing needed but your own curiosity.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art History: Writing on Photography - with Dr. Mark Crees

Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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