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ARTH 50 — Along the Watchtower: Six Photographers of America, 1966-1976

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 2—Mar 9
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 4
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Alexander Nemerov
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Feb 2—Mar 9
6 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 4
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Alexander Nemerov
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The late 1960s and early 1970s—a time of turmoil and disaster—hardly seem a time of affirmation. War and assassinations, drug addiction, and destroyed cities make for a grim historical journey. Yet some photographs from those years seem even now like acts of mysterious grace. Focusing on six photographers—Diane Arbus, Catherine Leroy, Paul Fusco, Larry Clark, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and William Eggleston—this course takes us into the magic of picturing—of what makes a good and even a great photograph, even when the times are dark.

Downbeat at heart, the course aims to be affirmative. It praises the vision of certain artists who believed less in facts than in the truth-telling power of photographs. If these photographs cannot be explained, if they cannot be used, if they resist the constant ebb and flow of argument in this country then and now, that is a measure of the truth they seek.

Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford

Alexander Nemerov has been voted one of Stanford’s top 10 professors by The Stanford Daily. He is the author of many books on art and cultural history. His newest book is Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York. He is the chair of Stanford's Department of Art and Art History.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.