Introduction to Study of Photography

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
307EINS credit 2 6 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 46 to 56 hours of self-study English winter

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Name of lecturer(s)

Jan Douša, Martin STECKER


The course is designed as a preparation for study. It focuses primarily on introducing the cultural context of the role of photography. It links photography with important historical and historical-political events in the context of Central European history. It provides students with a basic orientation.

Main topics

Day 1 - lecture about FAMU/AMU - history of the photography department, study goals, timetables, tour of studios and workplaces - Lažan Palace, Marketplace, GAMU

Day 2 - visit to current exhibitions - large institutions (NG, Rudolfinum, GHMP)

Day 3 - lecture about Prague with historical overlap - assignment exercise - mapping historical styles

Day 4 - visit to alternative galleries - selection of current exhibitions - introduction to the cultural scene

Day 5 - evaluation of the exercise - seminar on architecture with historical overlap

Day 6 - visit to ongoing festivals (4 + 4 days in motion, Photographer festival) - assignment exercise - comparison of places, portrait of a place

Day 7 - studio organisation - practical stuff

Day 8 - evaluation of the site portrait exercise

Learning outcomes

The student has a basic idea about the anchoring of the Department of Photography at FAMU, the history of AMU, the system of higher education with regard to art education. The student is familiar with the basic historical and political points of development and has an idea of the historical and cultural context within the Czech Republic.

Prerequisites and other requirements



Christopher James: Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Cengage, 2015

Wong, Kai: Old School Photography, Abrams & Chronicle Books, 2021

Marquardt Chris: The Film Photography Handbook, Rocky Nook, 2019

Reymond Clare: The Photographic Uncanny, Springer International Publishing, 2020

Capkova Katerifna: Czechs, Germans, Jews?, Berghahn Books, 2014

Houžvička Václav: Czechs and Germans 1848–2004 , Univerzita Karlova v Praze, 2015

King Jeremy: Budweisers Into Czechs and Germans

A Local History of Bohemian Politics, 1848-1948, Princeton University Press, 2005

Birgus Vladimír: Czech Photographic Avant-Garde, 1918-1948, Nakladatelství: MIT Press Ltd, 2002

Birgus Vladimír: Czech Photography of the 20th Century, Kant, 2010

Koudelka Josef: Returning, Kant, 2018

Evaluation methods and criteria

grading for participation



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Jan Douša


Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans