'My Little Eye' Famous Photographs throughout History

Ref: C2525327

This course will address the issue of photographs as historical evidence. It will include general issues such as the evolution of photography, the practicality of dating images and the ways in which photographs can be subject to distortion and manipulation. A large section of the course will be devoted to specific examples of particular photographers and their work in a wide variety of different contexts such as warfare, rural life, urban decay, labour exploitation, imperialism and decolonisation etc. They will be considered in their own right but will also be used to access the wider context. The methods employed will include segmented powerpoint presentations and discussion of the themes identified, as well as the usual class interaction.

Course aim

This course will address the issue of photographs as historical evidence. A large section of the course will be devoted to specific examples of particular photographers and their work

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. Understanding of the key issues involved in the use of photographs as evidence
  • 2. Knowledge of the broader context within which photographs were taken
  • 3. Familiarity with the work of some of the most significant photographers
  • 4. Identification of methodological issues

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

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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'My Little Eye' Famous Photographs throughout History

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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