History and Theory of Photography 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EHT2 exam 4 4 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 64 to 84 hours of self-study English

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Learning outcomes: the student will gain knowledge of the history of photography, art and visual culture of the 20th century, learn to work with specialist literature, conduct research, analyse photographic images and present their knowledge in the form of a critical essay and interpretation.

Mode of study

lecture, seminar

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

This course introduces the history and theory of photography, art, and visual culture in the 20th century, and develops basic research methods and critical writing techniques. It focuses primarily on the following subject areas: vernacular photography and consumer culture; modernism and the modern age; surrealism and the image; documentary photography and photojournalism; photography in conceptual art; postmodern art; new media and photography; and operative images.

1/ vernacular photography and consumer culture

2- 3/modernism and the modern era;

4/ surrealism and the image

5-6/ documentary photography and photojournalism;

7-9/ photography in conceptual art;

10/postmodern art;

11/ new media and photography;

12/ operative images.

Recommended or required reading

Gary S. CROSS – Robert N. PROCTOR, „Packaging Sight: Projections, Snapshots, and Motion Pictures“. In: G. S. Cross, R. N. Proctor, Packaged Pleasures. How Technology & Marketing Revolutionized Desire. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press 2014, s. 167–206.

Mette SANDBYE. “New Mixtures: Migration, war and cultural differences in contemporary art-documentary photography”. Photographies 2018, 11:2–3: 267-287

Jimena CANALES. A Tenth of Second. A History. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press, 2009. Ch. 5 Captured by Cinematography, pp. 117–154.

Laszlo MOHOLY-NAGY, Painting, Photography, and Film, Cambridge MA: MIT Press 1967.

Joanna Zylinska, Nonhuman Photography. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2017, s. 13–50.

Assessment methods and criteria

The course ends with a classified examination. A condition for passing the course is both the fulfilment of attendance (a maximum of 2 absences per semester are tolerated) and the submission of two written outputs (1. a critical interpretation of a professional text of 2-3 standard pages, 2. a term paper of 5-10 standard pages on a pre-arranged topic). The exam takes the form of a debate on both texts.



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

room 112
Room No. 112

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 13:10–16:25 Tomáš DVOŘÁK Room No. 112
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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