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History of Photography: The Landscape   

This class examines the genre of landscape photography as it has evolved from the earliest years of the medium to the 21st century. We’ll look at how the earliest media of photography were used by Europeans and Americans to solidify their perspective on the world through the 19th century. The middle part of our class finds guideposts in Deborah Bright’s landmark essay “The Machine in the Garden Revisited: American Environmentalism and Photographic Ethics.” We’ll see how popular forms of image distribution and fine art photography played interlocking roles in influencing what views came to mind when people thought of “the environment.” We’ll close with a selection of contemporary photographers whose work addresses advanced technology and the climate crisis.