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Lecture 4

CS100 Lecture 4: Photography media

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Communication Studies
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Photography Sontag reading What photograph meant to society To photograph is to appropriate the thing being photographed (174) Pictures provide Value Evidence Writing vs photo While a painting or pose description can never be other than a narrowly select9ive interpretation, a photograph can be treated as a narrowly selective transparency (175) Social context Nuclear family as dominant social unit Multi-generations under one roof model in decline Documenting for one another Sontag These is an aggression implicit in every use of the camera Experience as photographer Lifes purpose: assemblage of photo moments? Distraction from being disoriented? Fills awkward moments? Changes you from passive receiver to active framer? Early photojournalism Ulrich Keller 1820s- technology of camera photography 1890s- photojournalism Key: the disconnect between technological possibility and the structures that support it o Economic infrastructure o Organizational infrastructure What made photojournalism viable Use of reproduction technology; half-tone illustration reproduction o More outlets Development of hand-held (small, fast) cameras, leaving tripods behind o More subjects, including the trivial New agency development o More coverage o A point is reached where no important event can take place without extensive photographic coverage Styles of photojournalism What should a news photograph look like? Collaboration between photographers like editors Feelings about photojournalisms rise Harpers weekly; we cant see the ideas for the illustration. Our world is simply flooded with them Wordsworth: Now pose and verse sunk into disrepute Must laquey a dumb art that best can suit The taste of this once intellectual land A backward movement sure
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