DIGITAL MEDIA ANALYSIS: THE PHOTOGRAPH AND MEMORY

The syllabus and schedule for this class may be downloaded here

 

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Barthes classic book about  photography Camera Lucida is the primary text for this course. His central idea, that interesting photographs have a telling detail, or punctum, that we can discern and describe, is balanced by a meditation on loss and memory. 

Susan Sontag's On Photography is considered by many to be one of the most important books about image-making produced in the 20th century. It is a work of philosophical criticism that can be challenging in the contradictions it proposes. 

 

Quotes from On Photography may be found here. I'm not sure they are the "most important" as the curator claims but they are a good sample. 

 

The full text of On Photography may be downloaded here for the sole purpose of enhancing out Digital Media Analysis course.