History of Photography

History of Photography
Origin and development of photographic aesthetics.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 4.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesDesign Core.
 ProgramsContaining DESPH 379
Course Outcomes


Students will be able to understand the history of photography from the nineteenth-century to the present.


Students will be able to articulate the characteristics of the period styles, processes, techniques, cultural uses, and philosophies of key photographers in Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Students will be able to analyze and identify important photographs and collections in terms of style, patronage, reception, and meaning.

Research Skills

Students will be able to apply art historical research skills in conducting advanced research focused on a single photographer or photograph.

State of Research

Students will be able to situate their informed, original ideas within the best publications and reviews of period photography.


Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with advanced research skills and best research practices as taught by the course professor and supported the HBLL Art History and Photography research guides. Students will also be able to use acceptable style guides.