This course will explore the history and nature of photographic imagery relating to its capacity for misrepresentation, with emphasis on context and photography as a contemporary art practice. From the work of 19th century photographers to conceptual artists of the 1980s; from optical lens distortion to post-production manipulation and recent AI applications, we will investigate the age-old issue of truth and its relationship to photography. In addition to more extensive essays, students will write short responses to readings, and produce imagery related to discussion topics.
Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders
Gelatin silver print
34.5 x 27.2 cm
George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester