Archived Versions

21A.348 / CMS.835 Photography and Truth

As taught in: Spring 2008

The short cut from home to holy land.

Diagram from the Underwood Travel System, Underwood and Underwood's photographs advertised as virtual travel, 1913. (Diagram in Underwood Travel System: Sunday School Lessons.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. James Howe

Course Features

Course Description

Still photography, a practice and form of expression that has worked its way into every facet of social life and every culture in the world, is considered here from the perspectives of history and social science. We will discuss the uses and functions of pictures; how they are to be understood and interpreted; whether they have clear-cut content and meanings; how they shape and are shaped by politics, economics, and social life.