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This subject focuses on the history of photography in greater China, from its introduction in the nineteenth century through to its use in the present. Photography will be explored as a cultural phenomenon and an art form, as well as a tool of propaganda and surveillance. Adopting a thematic approach, the subject will consider how photography was creatively adapted to suit local needs and how it has intersected with world currents. Students will examine photography’s role in colonial and ethnographic projects, modernisation, identity formation, revolution, cultural politics, and the everyday. Using theories and concepts of looking, consideration will be given to the contexts in which photographs taken in greater China, by Chinese and non-Chinese photographers, have been understood within and outside China. The subject will include first-hand study of objects in local collections.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of photography and the ability to critically evaluate techniques, genres and identify the work of key figures and studios;
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the visual and aesthetic practices of photography in relation to Chinese and international contexts;
- Develop the ability to analyse works within social, historical and theoretical contexts;
- Achieve a fundamental grounding in the methodologies of the discipline, and in the broader critical and analytical skills necessary for the study of art and visual culture at higher levels.
At the completion of this subject, student should gain the following generic skills:
- ability to analyse and evaluate a variety of images, texts and materials
- ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources
- ability to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively
- ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion
- ability to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision
Last updated: 15 September 2021