History of Photography Podcasts
By Jeff Curto
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Class lectures in the history of the medium of photography with Jeff Curto
|1||VideoPhoto History – Class 12 Spring 2014 – The Manipulative Impulse||Is any photograph real? This question comes up as we trace the trajectory of the manipulated image in this class session. We also try to see if we can figure out where our digital photographic age is taking us and whether we want to go there. Slid[...]||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoPhoto History – Class 11 Spring 2014 – Women in Photography||Is anatomy destiny? This class session looks at women’s photography by examining the work of various female photographers as well as by looking at the bigger issue of whether the photographer’s gender changes the images that are made. [...]||4/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoPhoto History – Class 10 Spring 2014 – Cameras Big and Small||This week, we examine photographers using large cameras and those using small cameras and try to examine the importance of the choice of tools to the photographer. Does the tool drive the idea, or the idea drive the tool? Slides for this class ses[...]||3/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoPhoto History – Class 9 Spring 2014 – Stieglitz and the Photo Secession||One of the great characters in the history of the medium, Alfred Stieglitz was also one of the most influential photographers and promoters of photography of the 20th century. In this class, we look at Stieglitz and the group of photographers and ot[...]||3/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoPhoto History – Class 8 Spring 2014 – Muybridge, Marey and the Movies||Stop-motion photography as practiced by Edweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey and others is the topic of this class session. These scientific experiments ultimately led to the development of motion pictures by Edison. Slides for this class sess[...]||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoPhoto History – Class 7 Spring 2014 – Stereography and Standard Subjects||A slightly shorter class session, as we cover three smaller topics: 1) the ideas surrounding stereoscopic photography, 2) the way 19th century photographers handled photographing standard subjects; once you take away subject, what other choices do p[...]||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoPhoto History – Class 6 Spring 2014 – Photography and Painting||The interactive relationship that painting and photography have had for 174 years is the topic of this class session. We attempt to look at how painting influenced photography and vice-versa. We also look briefly at how what photographs “look [...]||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoPhoto History – Class 5 Spring 2014 – Photography as Transport + On The Road||Photography as a form of transportation is the topic for class #5. We look at how the advent of wet-plate collodion technology spurred the advance of travel and landscape photography, with a special emphasis on photography of the American west. Ther[...]||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoPhoto History – Class 4 Spring 2014 – Light and Likeness: Portrait Photography||The 4th class meeting starts a more conceptual approach to the medium’s history. We look at 19th, 20th and some 21st century portraits and see if we can draw some conclusions about what makes a good portrait photograph. We also see if we can d[...]||2/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoPhoto History – Class 3 Spring 2014 – History Survey Part 2||In this second part of a two-part survey, we continue our fast trip through the history of photography, attempting to get a handle on who did what, when they did it and how it happened. We start in around 1880 and finish up in the 1990s. Slides for[...]||1/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoPhoto History – Class 2 Spring 2014 – History Survey Part 1||Class session #2 is the first part of a two-part overview of the history of photography; a sort of “condensed” history in order to get a sense of the medium’s “who, what, when and where.” This week, we cover from 1800 B[...]||1/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoPhoto History – Class 1 Spring 2014 – Course Intro & Overview||In this first class meeting for the spring 2014 semester, we spend the first 60 minutes or so going over class mechanics & course technology enhancements, including explanation of this podcast and other internet resources. The last hour is spent[...]||1/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoPhoto History – Photograph as Document, Concept as Photograph||The 15th and final class session for the fall 2013 term examines documentary and conceptual photography, looking at the motivation and rationale behind them. We also try to tie up the ideas of the course with some concluding remarks. The History of [...]||12/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|14||VideoPhoto History – Class 14 Fall 2013 – The Atomic Age and New Frontiers||The middle of the 20th century was a time of tremendous change in all areas of the world and especially in the world of photography. This class session looks at the changes that photography experienced during the atomic age through an examination of[...]||12/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|15||VideoPhoto History – Class 13 Fall 2013 – Szarkowski: How To See||During his 29-year tenure as Director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the great curator and photographer John Szarkowski (1925 to 2007) changed the way the world saw photography. This short class session introd[...]||11/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History – Spring 09 : Art Institute of Chicago Field Trip||Field Trip! The Photo History class visits the The Mary L. and Leigh B. Block Photography Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago, giving us the opportunity to see original images from the history of the medium. The Art Institute of Chicago: Th[...]||3/15/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Intersession – January 14||The 5th and final Photo History Intersession commemorates the anniversary of the death of 19th century photographer Charles Dodgeson. Dodgeson, better known by his writing pen name of Lewis Carroll, was an important and interesting photographer as w[...]||1/14/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Intersession – January 05||The 4th Photo History Intersession looks at two rather dramatically opposed technical applications of photography: The first X-Ray image, made by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1896 and the first auroral (northern lights) photograph made by Martin Brendel in 18[...]||1/5/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Intersession – January 01||In the third History of Photography Intersession, we look at some interesting events from January first, as we commemorate the birth date of photographer William Klein, the anniversary of the death of Edward Weston, some facts about George Eastman a[...]||1/1/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Intersession – December 29||The second “intersession” history of photography podcast commemorates the anniversary of the death of French photographer Robert Demachy, who was active around the turn of the 20th century, as photography was trying to find its artistic [...]||12/29/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Intersession – December 20||In the first of a few “intersession” podcasts between the fall and spring semesters, we commemorate the birth date of photojournalist W. Eugene Smith (1918) and the anniversary of the death of photographer Bill Brandt (1983). W. Eugene [...]||12/21/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – August 22||We bring the summer school sessions to a close with a rememberance of the 100th birthday of the great photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson. Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Hyères, France, 1932″||8/26/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – July 16||On this date in 1926, National Geographic Magazine published color underwater photographs; a photographic first. This wasn’t the first attempt at underwater photography, however; photographers had been taking pictures below the waves since 185[...]||7/16/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – July 7||Alexander Gardner photographed the hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators on July 7, 1865. This image and a pair of Gardner’s portraits of two of the men who are about to be executed are the subjects of this Photo History Summer School session. C[...]||7/7/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – July 5||Powerful and horrific photographs of the effects of the Battle of Gettysburg by Timothy O’Sullivan and Alexander Gardner are the subject of today’s Photo History Summer School. Click Images for a larger view Above: Timothy O’Sulli[...]||7/5/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – June 8||In this summer school session, we explore two remarkable photographers; the Vietnamese photojournalist Nick Ut whose best-known image was created on this date and the Chinese pictorial master Don Hong-Oai, who died on this date in 2004. svgallery=ut[...]||6/8/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – May 30||Today’s summer school session is all about color. On this date in 1904, The Parisian brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière presented their patented color photographic process, the Autochrome, to the French Academy of Sciences. The Autochrome was [...]||5/31/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – May 25||In today’s May 25th edition of Photo History Summer School, we note the birth dates of the avant garde Cech photographer Jaroslav Rossler and the oddly surrealistic American photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard as well as the anniversary of the [...]||5/25/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – May 23||Cornell Capa, the photojournalist and tireless advocate of humanistic photography died today, May 23, 2008. He was 90 years old. A great and committed photographer, Capa’s heartfelt images were often overshadowed by two other elements in his l[...]||5/23/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Photo History Summer School – May 13||It’s summer, but photo history doesn’t rest… May 13th is the anniversary of the birth of Czech photography Jan Saudek (1935, Prague) and also the anniversary of the death (1980) of German photographer Otto Umbehr, known as Umbo. Th[...]||5/13/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Camera in The Cathedral: A Brief History of Photography of the Natural World||From the very beginning of the medium, photographers have wanted to portray their sense of wonder and awe in the face of the natural world through the camera’s lens, often offering up nature as the Great American Cathedral. This romantic tradi[...]||2/23/08||Free||View In iTunes|
Audit an Interesting Class!
This is a top quality podcast and a perfect example of how one person can share his knowledge through podcasting for the betterment of all of us. Each podcast is a lecture from Jeff Curto's History of Photography class at College of DuPage in Illinois. The experience is really like you're auditing this interesting class. The lecture slides are included in this Enhanced Podcast for viewing on your iPod or iTunes, and extra handouts and larger versions of the slides are available on his website. These history lessons have given me a much better understanding of what the media of photography is, where it came from, who has shaped its development, and how it affects our society.
Detailed insights on the history of photography
Worth the time if you have a real interest in following the beginnings of photography through current day. These lectures on everyone from Daguerre to Cartier-Bresson to Meyerowitz offer a lot of great information. The enhanced podcasts work well with images supporting Jeff's points and vice versa. Includes plenty of interesting info. on how the technology of photography has progressed.
Excellent show and class
For anyone with a passion for photography, the issue is a must listen. Jeff provides a laid back presentation of the rich history of photography. He often provides insight into the famous and not-so-famous figures in photography, as well as a great discussion of the role the art has played in out history. Great podcast.