Dokumentary Photography 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
303DF1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Gabriela KONTRA

Name of lecturer(s)

Gabriela KONTRA

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Study results:

Students are introduced to the basics of analog and digital photography

Students have an overview of creative approaches in documentary photography

Students acquire inspiration for their own photography.

Mode of study


Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Course description:

The aim of the course is to teach students to consider the photographic image, present diverse documentary photography artists and introduce the fundamentals of analog and digital photography.

During the course, students continually consult on their work on the assigned practice exercise „Photographic Exercise 1.“

Topic scope:

  1. Introduction to various approaches to documentary photography in selected examples of documentary photographers
  2. Introduction to photography genres which are directly related to documentary photography - journalistic photography, documentary photography and portrait
  3. Introduction to the basics of analog and digital photography - types of negatives and positives of B/W material and their characteristics, developing B/W film (working with developers and film rolls), types of color material and potential of their development
  4. Basics of working with a camera - types of cameras for portraits, report and documentary photography and their technical characteristics, digital formats
  5. Manners of working with and archiving data, basics of working with applications for managing photography
  6. Consultations on one's work and work on the assigned practice exercise

Recommended or required reading

BARTHES, Roland. Světlá komora: poznámka k fotografii. Překlad Miroslav Petříček. Vyd. 2., upr., (Ve Fra 1.). Praha: Fra, 2005. 123 s. ISBN 80-86603-28-8.

FÁROVÁ, Anna. Dvě tváře. Vydání druhé, první bez vzpomínkového rozhovoru A pásly by se tam ovce. Praha: Torst, 2016. 963 stran. ISBN 978-80-7215-516-3.

SONTAG, Susan. O fotografii. Vyd. 1. Praha: Paseka, 2002. 181 s. ISBN 80-7185-471-9.

Photography publications - ex: Publishers Torst, Kant, Wo-men, Phaidon atd.

Assessment methods and criteria



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 217
Room No. 217

(Lažanský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 15:40–17:15 Gabriela KONTRA Room No. 217
Lažanský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans