The Art of Photography

Ref: C3744564

This course will trace the development of photography and its uses from its invention in the mid nineteenth century to the present day. We will concenrate on the links between photography and painting, and explore the way in which artists have modified their use of the medium to investigate different subject matter. The work of major photographers will be included, such as Nadar and Julia Margaret Cameron, to Cartier Bresson, Stieglitz and Steichen, Capa, Karsh, Bailey and Liebowitz. The course will concentrate on a study of the images themselves rather than the technology.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the history of the photograph as an art form through a study of some of the most important examples made in the medium.

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 photograph by Henry Fox Talbot.
  • Describe at least one photograph produced by Alfred Stieglitz.
  • Begin to discuss the development of photography as an art form.

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

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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The Art of Photography

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