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Spring 2011: Double-Take: Photography and Anthropology


This course critically examined the photograph as artifact, art, evidence, and weapon. Reading anthropology, art criticism, and critical theory, they learned how to read photographs and to understand the roles they play and the goals they serve.

ANTHH221B01 Double-Take: Photography and Anthropology

NEW COURSE. This course critically examines the photograph as artifact, art, evidence, and weapon. Reading anthropology, art criticism, and critical theory, we will learn how to read photographs and to understand the roles they play and the goals they serve. The course is divided into four sections. Section 1 provides a lens through which to see photographs using the works of key theorists. Section 2 introduces key themes in the anthropology of photography, including its relation to the state, colonialism and the archive, the global circulation of culture, indigenous activism and revisions of history. Section 3 hones in on African photography as art and social commentary and culminates in the exhibition and symposium "Possible Cities: African Photography and Video," both organized by Prof. Ruti Talmor at Haverford College in March 2011. Section 4 looks at the photo-essay as visual ethnography. The course culminates with students producing a photo-essay of their own. Prerequisites: a course in Anthropology.

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