Photo 1105 - History of Photography - College of DuPage
Jeff Curto | Office: Arts Center 274 | 630.942.2527 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Class Resources:
for this course (pdf in a new page)
lectures, lecture presentation slides & Handouts (new page)
- Assignments and Course Management (new page)
Using Technology in this Course (pdf in a new page)
textbook is available at the COD Bookstore or at Amazon
set of web links that you should find useful for this course.
I've loosely grouped these links into categories, accessible via this pop-up
menu, which will zip you down the page to the right spot for that group:
General Research & Writing
- College of DuPage Library - The entire Library catalog is searchable on the web
- College of DuPage Library: Doing Research - A page devoted to helping you with research papers and projects
- College of DuPage Library: Orientation - Learn to use the Library in a 50-minute live orientation
- College of DuPage Writing Center - Need help with any aspect of your college writing? Go here.
- Google Books - Check this out... online versions of books both ancient and new. Through it, you can find stuff like the 1893 An Adventure in Photography By Octave Thanet or Henry Snelling's The History and Practice of the Art of Photography, written in 1849
- Common Errors in English - A big page of commonly mis-used, misspelled or otherwise mangled English words. And yes, I do consider the quality of your writing when I evaluate your work.
- 40+ Tips to improve your Grammar & Punctuation - Who couldn't use a bit of improvement?
- Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips For Better Writing - Excellent short audio tips to assist you in having better structure in your written work. Also available as a podcast.
- Practices of Looking - An interesting site about how to "see" photographs.... useful for your papers
- i-Site - The College of DuPage Photography Program website
- History Matters - A great general history site
- American Experience - The supporting website for the PBS series of the same name; some great history info
- Artcyclopedia: The Guide to Museum-Quality Art - A searchable online "art dictionary"
- National Gallery of Art - Search the Collection
- American Memory - The memories are in photographs and words
- What is Art? What is an Artist? - A discussion of art, specifically Modernism
- History Channel - The History Channel's home page
- Art Institute of Chicago Podcasts - Some photography, some painting... expert commentary
- The History of Color - A great and entertaining lecture about the history of something we take for granted
- Timeline of the Daguerrian Era - Find out about the progression of the Daguerreotype
- Timeline of Color Photography - From Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
- History of Photography Timeline - A good overview with a fair amount of detail
- Evolution of Photography and the Camera - A really cool scrolling graphic that lays it all out
- Artists and Alchemists - "In this digital age, a growing number of artists are reviving 19th century techniques to create modern photographs.
Artists & Alchemists is a feature length documentary that follows ten contemporary and renowned photographers employing antiquated photographic processes."
- Metropolitan Museum Art History Timeline - Excellent, deep timeline database of art history (which, of course, includes photography)
- WhoWhatWhen - Interactive Historical Timelines - A really fine site that lets you create your own timeline based on your preferences
- Imporant Dates in Vision Science - a neat overview of the science of seeing
- Six Degrees Game - OK, so this isn't really a "timeline," but it's pretty cool. From PBS comes a game where you can see the connections (or "six degrees of separation) between great "American Masters." Find out how Alfred Stieglitz is connected to Ray Charles.
- History of Photography Calendar - From the Nearby Cafe site, a listing of photo-related events for every day of the year.
- The World Clock - Not a timeline, really, but try to stop looking at it.
- Dipity - Find, Create & Embed Interactive Timelines
- History of Photography Infographic - Very cool "all in one" history
- Robert Leggat's History of Photography - An online history "text"
- Beaumont Newhall - A video profiling photo history with the late historian Newhall
- Interviews with photographers - a list of photographer interviews, some classics here
- Richard Benson's "The Printed Picture" - A web resource for Benson's groundbreaking exhibition and book
- PhotoTree - "devoted to identifying and preserving the great pictures of the 1800s."
- A Brief History of Chemical Photo Processes - a nice video about the chemical side of photography
- Google Books Ngram Viewer - Search the Google Books library for words or strings of words. This link takes you to a search for "photography" but try out " collodion" and "Daguerreotype" and other words from the medium's history and see how a word's useage changed over time.
- Graphics Atlas - A neat interactive tool to help you identify various types of photographic processes
- SepiaTown - A very fun resource: find a spot on a map and see historical photos of that place. Like Google Street View of the past
- George Eastman House - The Eastman House is an important museum of photography in Rochester, New York
- Life Photo Archive Hosted by Google - WOW! An amazing collection of images from Life Magazine.
- Victoria and Albert Museum Photography - The famed V&A museum's photo section; check out the cool "Salted Paper Print" section
- Daguerre and "open source" photography - Daguerre gives photography to the world and... the rest is history
- Luminous Lint - An outstanding resource for photography past and present. Check out the great essays by Colin Westerbeck
- The Getty Museum - Type photography into the search field and be amazed
- NPR analyzes the first photograph - listen to a nice piece about Niepce's first photo
- Masterworks from the History of Photography - a few pages from the American Museum of Photography
- Library of Congress - A link to the Prints and Photographs Reading Room site; searchable
- Library of Congress Flickr Site - You read that right, the LOC is on Flickr
- Vernacular Photography - A pretty ugly site, but with some great images from the vast quantity of "unknown" photographers
- The Mexican Suitcase - A great site from the ICP about Robert Capa's "lost" images
- The Music of the Cane - A really nice essay by Gene Beyt.. subtitled, " On Considering Repetition in Photography." Part of the great-looking quotidian blog
- Fixing Shadows - A cool photo history site
- Get the Picture - Thinking about Photography - A nice photo history roundup from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- History of Underwater Photography - From as early as 1856!
- A Photo Process Primer - Want to know the difference between albumen and carbon prints? Look here.
- Gum Printing - Think all the gum printers lived a long time ago? See Keith Gerling's gorgeous gum bichromate prints
- Great Photographers of History - Links to biographical information
- Antiq Photo - A website about a French antique photo and camera store
- Great Photographers Info - A set of links to info about great photographers
- Photo Quotes - Looking for a quote from a favorite photographer? If you can't find it here, they probably didn't say it.
- 100 Photographs that changed the world - From Life magazine
- PBS Arts - Photography - A veritable clearing house of historical and contemporary info
- American Photography - An outstanding website based on the PBS series of the same name
- Masters of Photography - A nice site mixing some more contemporary photographers (like Sam Abel) with folks like Edward S. Curtis and Walker Evans.
- Dating Old Photographs - a set of links to help you ID pictures from various eras
- Photographer to the Czar - A site about an obscure but very interesting Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
- Thomas Eakins - A nice Eakins site that has info about his paintings and his photographs
- PBS Thomas Eakins - Support material for a PBS Eakins program
- Alfred Sieglitz - PBS Stieglitz site
- Timothy O'Sullivan - A nce overview of O'Sullivan's great Western American images
- Yesterday's Papers - A neat site about old photographic printing papers
- When They Were Young - A beautiful "retrospective of childhood" exhibit from the Library of Congress
- History of Stereo Photography - brief and to the point
- The Commissar Vanishes - Subtitled "The Falsification of Photographs in Stalin's Russia"
- Lego Homages - A great deal of silly fun here as someone has created "replicas" of some great historical photographs using Lego building blocks
- More Lego Homages - So many blocks... so little time.. another photographer's take on classic images in Lego
- Museum of Mourning Photography and Memorial Practice - A really fascinating museum site about post-mortem photography and its cultural role
- Garry Winogrand Interview - An interview with seminal street photographer Winogrand by Bill Moyers
- Robert Frank's The Americans - A nice weblog piece about Frank's game-changing book
- The Getty Collection - Photographs from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in L. A.
- Eugene de Salignac's New York - Salignac was a municipal worker who took 20,000 photographs of NYC in the early 1900s
- Old Picture - Not sure who put this site together, but it's a huge collection of old images, loosely categorized
- Califormia Museum of Photography - From U.C. Riverside, a really great collection of images
- Graphics Atlas - Graphics Atlas is an online resource that brings sophisticated print identification to archivists, curators, historians collectors, students and educators
- Photography Database - provides basic factual information
about photographers, public photographic collections, commercial galleries, photographic exhibitions, and citations to the
many published sources used to compile biographical, collections, and exhibitions data. The scope is international; the
time frame is from the beginnings of photography to contemporary.
photographer's obituaries, new and expanding collections, exhibitions, galleries, reviews, catalogs, and reference literature.
- Lost And Found Photos - Todd Wemmer's project on oral and written histories of photographs that were once lost and now are found... or were found but now are lost... really, it's about how we interact with photographs of our own past. It's about history. Contribute a story...
- Gregory Crewdson - A contemporary photographer, given a royal treatment on a website by Aperture
- Japan Exposures - A great site about Japanese photography. The site publisher is interested in publishing student papers about Japanese photography. If one of your papers is about a Japanese photographer, see me for more information
- Photography Now.net - An international photography directory
- Capa's Falling Soldier - Was it faked?
- Hiroshima - The Lost Photographs - Amazing pictures from after the bomb
- The Secret Musum of Mankind - Described as: Cannibals. Fakirs. Crime and punishment. Rituals. Slaves, cults and customs. Warriors and weapons. Equestrians and equilibrists. Musicians and mendicants. Dance, dress, undress and body modification. Structures, conveyances, beasts, and more breasts than you can shake a stick at!
- Philanthropist Albert Kahn - Kahn amassed an amazing collection of photographs
- Bill Jay on Spirit Photography - The late, great Bill Jay on spirit (ghost) photography (PDF)
- Pix Channel - Amazing interviews with amazing photographers
- What's Next? - FOAM's thoughts on what the future of history might be
- Photo Tampering Throughout History - some people are never satisfied
- MadeInPhoto.fr - Wow! An amazing array of work by contemporary and old-master photographers
- Living American Master Photographers Project - LAMPP is determined to secure and distribute a living document of contemporary master photography in the United States and abroad.
- History of Lenses - From the folks at LensRentals.com
- 19th Century Photo Game - Fun and actually pretty challenging.
- Camera Obscura - In the dark about the camera obscura? Get exposed to its nuances here
- Abeldaro Morell - A contemporary photographer who uses the camera obscura
- Vermeer's Camera - An interesting support site for a book of the same name; see how the artist who painted "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" used the camera to help him draw
- Optical Allusions - An article about artist David Hockney's claims regarding optical devices in early paintings
- The Looking Glass - Another article (this one from the New Yorker) about Hockney's research into optical drawing methods
- How Caravaggio saw in the Dark - An article about how Caravaggio may have used the Camera Obscura
- Nicephore Niepce - First Photograph - A really nice site about Niepce and the medium's invention
- Niepce's Image - Another good article about Niepce's first photograph
- Henry Ransom Center & First Photograph - Niepce's first photograph is housed at the Ransom center in Austin, TX. If you like mystery stories, you'll love the account of how it was found and why it's in Texas.
- Fox Talbot's Correspondence - What Fox Talbot wrote about his early negative/positive experiments
- The Pencil of Nature - The text of Fox Talbot's book, painstakingly transcribed by Lawrence Jones
- Fox Talbot Timeline - A nice page from the Met in NYC
- The Daguerrean Society - The motherlode of all Dag sites
- 1848 Daguerreotypes magnified - Wonderful interactive site from Wired
- The Daguerreotype Process - A beautifully produced video of how a dag is made
- Southworth and Hawes - America's Daguerreotype Masters
- Southworth and Hawes - Support site for a 2005 exhibition of their work
- Southworth and Hawes on CBS Sunday Morning - a great brief overview of their work
- Catching a Shadow - Nice site about an exhibition of Dag images
- Mike Robinson's "Century Darkroom" - Website for a modern-day Daguerreotypist
- Daguerreotypes Home Page - All about Daguerreotypes from the American Memory site
- The National Portrait Gallery - Portraits of all sorts... check out the Daguerreotypes and Cabinet Cards
- Shiny Photos - Jonathan Danforth is a contemporary Dageurreotypist
- Contemporary Daguerreotypes - A collection of modern-day photographers using 19th century technology
- A Short History of the Daguerreotype - From the Eastman House
- Albumen Printing Website - Amazingly detailed information about albumen printing
- History of Wet-Plate Collodion - A nice overview of the history by a contemporary wet-plate photographer
- Yosemite History: Carlton Watkins - A web site that features Watkins' work
- Photogravure - A VERY nice site about the photogravure process
- A Platinum Print Timeline - All the details about the "King" of photographic print processes
- Wet Plate- the process - a great video from the Getty museum about how the wet-plate process works
- Collodion Process - An Eastman House video on the process
- American Museum of Natural History on Muybridge - Nice intro to Edweard's career
- Slow Dancing at 3,000 frames per second - A really interesting Wired Magazine piece about photographer David Michalek's high-speed motion project
- Outline of the Civil War - A general Civil War history site
- Georgia Civil War Photographs
- Images of the Civil War - Select Images from the National Gallery in Washington
- Does the camera lie? - An interesting examination of how Civil War photographers sometimes ltered the facts to make a better photograph
- Women in Photography International - A great resource for womens' photography
- Women Photographers - From Robert Leggat's online history "book"
- Women in Photography Archive - A nice selection of work
- Inge Morath - A nice site about the famed Magnum photographer
- The Feminine Mystique - Chapter 1, "The Problem that Has No Name" from Betty Friedan's important 1963 women's issues book
- Maybe She's Born With It, Maybe It's Photoshop - An interesting piece about image manipulation and the simulation of women
- Women of our Time - Not necessarily photographs by women, but certainly lots of photographs of women from the National Portrait Gallery
- Dorothea Lange: Drawing Beauty out of Desolation - A very nice NPR piece about Lange
- The Candid Frame - Very cool! Interviews with contemporary photographers produced as Podcasts
- ThirdView - A site about a "rephotographic survey" of western American landscapes.
- American Museum of Photography - A fine online museum
- Covering Photography - A site that deals with how photographs have been used on the book covers of books about the history of the medium
- Masters of Photography - Early to mid-20th century masters
- Man Ray - The Man Ray Trust's site; tons of info and lots of images
- Apollo 17 Photos from NASA - To the moon, Alice!
- I Photograph to Remember - An excellent photographic exploration of pictures and memory
- DigitCam History - Intended as a site devoted to the history of digital cameras, it starts in the 1800s and goes on from there
- US News & World Report Photo Section - Photos of our time, and a few from the archives
- Ansel Adams at 100 - A well-written article from The Atlantic Monthly magazine (hence the well-written part) about the Adams exhibition of the same name
- Ansel Adams at 100 - A site from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; lots of pictures and info
- Ansel Adams - A biographical overview with links.
- Ansel Adams - Another view of Adams from the US government's "Picturing the Century" site
- Philip Trager - One of my favorite photographers... he works with both architechture and modern dance
- Alfred Stieglitz: The Eleoquent Eye - A beautiful (long-form) video about the great Stieglitz
- William Klein Video - A 20th Century master
- ChicagoArt.Net - The art scene in the Windy City
- Schneider Gallery Chicago - One of Chicago's best photo spaces
- Stephen Daiter Gallery - Offers fine and vintage examples of important American and European photography from the 20th century
- Catherine Edelman Gallery - One of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted exclusively to the art of photography
- The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction - Walter Benjamin's seminal essay, filled with great, sprawling concepts that are as relevent in today's digital age as they were during Benjamin's Marxist time
- Arts Journal - "A Daily Journal of Arts, Culture and Ideas" GREAT stuff
- Zone Zero - Pedro Meyer's important, interesting and useful site
- Nearby Cafe - A.D. Coleman's great site of images and photo criticism
- Photo Review - The website for one of the most important critical photo journals in the US
- ArtInfo - They bill themselves as "The Premier Art & Culture Site" and I won't argue
- Lens Culture - An excellent, cerebral photo blog
- Shpilman Institute of Photography Blog - The SIP is a research institute that aspires to facilitate, promote, initiate research, open debate and creative work in the field of photography and related media
- Conscientious - a weblog about fine-art photography (and more)
- PDN Online - Photo District News' web presence
- PDNedu - PDN's "education" site, aimed at emerging, college-level photographers
- New York Times Arts section - Arts news from the NYT
- The Online Photographer - Mike Johnston's excellent photography blog
- f-Stop - A fine online photo mag
- The Candid Frame - Podcast interviews with photographers; great stuff
- Marketing Photos with Mary Virginia Swanson - MV Swanson's excellent blog about the business of photography and important current photo events
- Bill Jay on Photography - One of the great photo writers of our time on the web. Great portraits of photographers, too.
- Center - Formerly the Santa Fe Center for Photography; a great source for information about current photo events
- SF CameraWork - A San Francisco non-profit photo organization
- Area of Design - A very cool website about all aspects of the visual arts. Check out their blog, too.
- Oomska - A fine online magazine that features photography and other arts-oriented issues
- Ahorn Magazine - An online photo magazine