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New Freshman Seminar for Spring 2013

ANTH 1905 – Anthropology & Photography

  • T 2:30-5:00 PM (01/22/2013-05/07/2013)
  • Blegen Hall 430
  • Instructor: Barbara Wolbert, 368 Hubert H. Humphrey Center, Department of Anthropology
Learn about the parallel histories of photography and anthropology. The focus will be socio-cultural anthropologists’ production of photographs and their use of photography from the 19th century to the present. By mapping out the changing role of photography in comparison to film and other visual media in the discipline of anthropology, the class will examine photography as a social medium. Students will unpack the relation of images and text by considering how photographs illustrate and words comment on (or speak back to) photographs. The course will treat photographs as documents and as artifacts, with special attention given to archives, exhibitions and museums contexts. Analysis of photographic work at the intersection of ethnography and art will allow us to evaluate critically the politics of contemporary image production and technology, and to reflect on our own photographic practices.