Since photographs became a possibility in the 1830s we have become surrounded by them, never more so than in our digital age of the image. How have we got here? How do we understand and react to the images we see? This course will look some answers to these questions in five on-line modules by exploring photography as: an aid to seeing; an engagement with society, politics and the economy; a creator of self and identity; an art; and as a source of ambiguity. Each module will look at the historical and technological contexts, but this is not a formal history of photography – and it is not a course on how to take pictures. Modules will be posted on the U3AC website at fortnightly intervals. We will use email to share comments and questions.
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