Università
della
Svizzera
italiana
Academy
of Architecture

 
 

Elements of History and Theory of Photography

  • Lecturer
    • Vega Tescari
 

The course offers an introduction to the history and theory of photography, focusing on some of the most significant approaches and artists to have enriched the discipline over the years. Aspects of documentary photography, portraiture, urban and landscape photography will be explored by analysing the eye of some of the most important photographers in the modern and contemporary periods. Together with the visual itinerary, the course will propose a textual approach based on the assumptions of the major theorists, such as Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, whose writings provide a stimulus for critical reflection on the photographic medium. Encouraging a seminar approach, the course aims to provide space for discussion, exercises in interpretation of photographs, and study in depth of the texts.

MSc1-2

sem I

h 24

ects 2.5

IT

Oral final exam.

Examination Mode

A. Sander, Jungbauren, Westerwald, 1914
F. Woodman, House #4, Providence, Rhoed Island, 1976
J. Wall, The Destroyed Room, 1978
L. Ghirri, Marina di Ravenna, 1986