The Art of Photography

Ref: C3741266

The course will concentrate on the products of photography - the works, the artists, the subjects rather than the technology. There will be a brief explanation of the invention of the medium and its different formats, notably the daguerrotype, caloptype and digital formats. We will then take a thematic approach, looking at the way photographers have dealt with the portrait, pictures of every day life, reporting the news and making photographs purely as art. Major photographers including Henry Fox Talbot, Alexander Gardner, Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams and Annie Liebowitz will all be explored in this varied course.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the idea of photography as an art form, with an in depth study of different uses of the medium from its invention in the 1830s to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify one picture by Henry Fox Talbot.
  • Identify and describe one picture by Ansel Adams.
  • Begin to discuss how photography has changed in its role in reporting news.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Students are encouraged to visit galleries and exhibitions on the subject to enhance their learning.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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