Instant Photography: Tintype to Instagram

ARTH 287A - 2018 Summer Course, Binghamton University

Provided here: course description, weekly themes, selected list of readings and source materials

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will trace the introduction, use, and consequences of numerous instant photographic processes, ranging from the second half of the nineteenth century to present-day. Alongside technological developments, we will examine the attendant social, historical, and economic conditions, in addition to the individuals, corporations, and institutions that continue to shape their understanding. From Polaroids in the art museum to software obsolescence to self-curation via social media, the class will challenge students to rethink the ways in which we make decisions through photography, in which photography makes decisions for us and in which the “instant gratification” of instant photography continues to hold such allure.

THIS COURSE REQUIRES A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF ACTIVITIES/ASSIGNMENTS; WEEKLY READINGS, QUIZZES, BLOG POSTS, INSTAGRAM POSTS, GROUP DISCUSSION, CLASS-WIDE DISCUSSION, READING OUTLINES, AND VIEWING AN ASSIGNED FILM EACH WEEK.  STUDENTS’ SOCIAL MEDIA COMPONENT CAN BE ACCESSED UNDER #BUINSTANTPHOTO.
IN ADDITION TO REQUIRING MY STUDENTS TO COMPLETE VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA TASKS/ASSIGNMENTS, I WILL BE COMPLETING THEM, AS WELL, MAKING THEM AVAILABLE TO MY STUDENTS AFTER THE ASSOCIATED DEADLINES HAVE PASSED.  YOU VIEW MY CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER @MARIAHPOSTLE AND LIVING W/ PHOTOG.

SCHEDULE

5-week online course divided into 5 topics that built on one another over the course of the summer session:

  1. Looking at and Thinking about Photography
  2. Moment, Instant, Snapshot
  3. “Shake it Like a Polaroid”
  4. TBA
  5. TBA

SAMPLE LIST OF READINGS & SOURCE MATERIALS

Resources are listed in the order in which students were suggested to engage with them.
*Sources particularly important for art/photographs indicated by asterisk

TBA.