Photography and The Age of Empire

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Photography: The Age of Empire

Spring 2019

Taught By: Rashmi Viswanathan

Section: A

CRN: 6854

Credits: 3

This seminar explores the related histories of photography and modern colonialism, from the second quarter of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the Great War (also known as World War I), in 1914. Various photographic technologies, including the talbotype and the daguerreotype were first introduced in Western Europe around 1840, and soon after arrived in settlements across the globe, moved through networks established by rapid colonial expansion in the middle of the nineteenth century. Harnessed to private and public investigations of colonial-era life—to private projects such as the family album to more patently administrative endeavors such as the anthropological survey— the photograph documented and mediated life in the colonies for both European expatriates and local populations. The task of this course will be to address the multiple connected histories of the photograph as an historical document, souvenir, and work of art around the globe, in the colonial context.

Open to: All university degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:30am 6/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 913

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019