History of Photography

History of Photography
The general history of the photographic medium from its inception to the present day. The evolution of the medium, its various uses, primary figures, basic technologies, and artistic trends.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesARTHC 202
 ProgramsContaining ARTHC 379
Course Outcomes


Students will acquire a solid foundation in the historical context of 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 the philiosophies of key photographers in Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Students will become conversant with important photographs and collections in terms of style, patronage, reception, and meaning.

Research Skills

Students will develop art historical research skills by conducting advanced research on a single photographer or photograph.


Students will apply methodological approaches acquired in ArtHC 300 and other methods to their topic.

State of the Research

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


Students will 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 be required to correctly use style guides.