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
Life’s 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
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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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