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ARTH 155 — A History of Photography: The Innovations of Six Iconic Photographers

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 5—Nov 9
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 18
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
Status: Open
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Oct 5—Nov 9
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 18
1 Unit
Diane Zuliani
What explains the enduring impact and appeal of photography—a medium we all take part in, especially in our digital age? To answer this question, we need to go back in time. We need to trace the history of photography and highlight the milestone developments that allowed photography to evolve with society’s changing needs.

This course will present a history of photography, paying special attention to six photographers who changed the medium with their artistry and technical innovation: Louis Daguerre, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, and Diane Arbus. Dedicating a class session to each artist, we will explore how these artists expanded the possibilities of what could be created with a camera. In the work of Louis Daguerre, for example, we will find the very roots of photographic documentation—in which photographs are considered truthful and even legally authoritative records—a belief that is still with us today. In Muybridge’s work we will find the origins of cinema, the invention of which grew out of stop-motion experiments carried out on the Stanford farm in the 1870s. In Stieglitz and Arbus, we will encounter modernism’s emphasis on the individual, with each artist using essentially the same technology but producing highly personalized and idiosyncratic results. By the end of the course, students will see photography as the culmination of a series of ambitious and provocative achievements, while gaining an aesthetic appreciation for these groundbreaking photographers.

Diane Zuliani, Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art and photography at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where for seven years she lectured on Getty’s regularly changing exhibits of its preeminent photography collection. She received an MA in the history of art from the University of New Mexico.

Textbooks for this course:

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