Photography & Industry

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Module Details

Module Code: HOPP 5013

Module Leader: Professor Stephen Brown

Module Tutors: Kelley Wilder, Colin Harding, and invited speakers

Module Duration: 8 weeks

Assignment Due:

Meetings: 1pm-4pm Thursdays, normally in Portland 2.1 or 2.3. There is one visit to London and a residency at the National Media Museum, Bradford.

All meetings are listed in the google calendar.

Module Contents page

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This module critically examines the role of the industry of photography, both in an historical and historical sense. Examining the marketplace and commerce, it raises discussions of value and production in terms of the creation of the object and the object itself. Analyzing the affect and effect of commerce, it questions the definition of industry as merely technology, broadening the concept to include motion picture, still and portrait industries, professional and amateur photography, fine art, chemical, scientific and manufacturing industries. You will be encouraged to engage with the broader concept of industry by planning and executing a research proposal complete with methodologies, images and outcomes of research. The module comprises a series of lectures reinforced by seminars and workshops where you will be exposed to primary source material. Various visiting speakers from different areas of photographic commerce, plus specialists from the museum world, will share their experiences with you. You will be encouraged to use tutorial time and in-progress presentations to work with and gain insight from your peers. The primary aim of the module is to help you develop a broader understanding of photographic history beyond the photograph.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Examine the current and historical sense of Industry in terms of photography
  • Evaluate the importance of the photographic market place
  • Discuss critically the effect of commerce on photography and on its histories
  • Build a research topic from concept to completion
  • Produce a piece of work that explains how you would display and explain photo-historical material to a public audience

Course Feedback

Feedback Material

The feedback is due by the Monday after the session is offered.

This material should be provided as a short response to the following three questions:

1. In one sentence for each, please note two or three main ideas from this session.

    A. First Idea
    B. Second Idea
    C. Third Idea (optional)

2. What concept(s) need more reinforcement?

    A. First question?
    B. Second question?

3. What two or three aspects of this session did the group like/dislike and why?

    A. First like/dislike and why.
    B. Second like/dislike and why.
    C. Third like/dislike and why. (optional) 

[History of Photography Feedback]

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