Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

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The History and Context of Photography 1

IDF1 FFA BUT DKFI-Z Acad. year 2018/2019 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

The course consists of lectures on history and contemporary tendencies in photography (with considering its position within both fine arts and non-artistic visuality). Students will be introduced to the development of the medium not in chronological retrospect but in thematic blocs. This way they will be able to understand particular problems within broader philosophical and medial context. Students will learn how to "read" language of photography, to understand its expressive potential and they will learn the main theoretical frameworks within which photography is interpreted.


Fišerová Lucia, Mgr., Ph.D. (FFA BUT)

Language of instruction



Examination (written+oral)

Time span

13 hrs lectures, 13 hrs exercises

Assessment points

100 exam


Fišerová Lucia, Mgr., Ph.D. (FFA BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will gain an insight into both development of photography and its contemporaneous trends. They will be able enrich insight into their own photographic practice, they will learn more about the language of photography and the basics of its gallery presentation.

Learning objectives

The aim of this course is to reflect on the actual position of photography in a context of its historical developments. Introduction of new media and social thematics into photography will be of particular interest, as well as a crossing of borders of traditional genre of photography. Photography will be introduced not only as artistic medium but more broadly defined tool for visual communication as well (as in family, science, commercial etc. photography).

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of the 19th and 20th century visual culture.

Study literature

  • Anděl, Jaroslav: Česká fotografie 1840-1950 : příběh moderního média. Praha: Kant, 2004 (In Czech)
  • Baatz, Willfried: Fotografie. Praha: Computer Press, 2004 (in Czech)
  • Barthes, Roland: Světlá komora. Agite/Fra, Praha, 2005 (in Czech)
  • Berger, John: O pohledu, Agite/Fra, 2009 (in Czech)
  • Birgus, Vladimír; Mlčoch, Jan: Česká fotografie 20. století: průvodce. Praha, KANT, 2005 (in Czech)
  • Císař Karel: Co je to fotografie? Herrmann & synové, Praha, 2004 (in Czech)
  • Frizot, Michael: New History of Photography. Kolín nad Rýnem: Konemann, 1998
  • Grygar, Štěpán: Konceptuální umění a fotografie. AMU, Praha, 2004 (in Czech)
  • Hájek, Václav: Jak rozpoznat odpadkový koš, Labyrint, 2012 (in Czech)
  • Kuneš, A., Pospěch, T. (ed.): Čítanka z teorie fotografie. Opava, Slezská univerzita, 2003 (In Czech)
  • Pospěch, Tomáš: Myslet fotografii, PositiF 2014 (in Czech)
  • Scheufler, Pavel: Teze k dějinám fotografie do roku 1918. Praha: AVU, 2000 (in Czech)
  • Silverio, Robert: Postmoderní fotografie. AMU, Praha, 2007 (in Czech)
  • Sontag Susan: O fotografii. Praha, 2002 (in Czech)
  • Warnen Marien, Mary: Photography. A Cultural History, Laurence King 2010

Syllabus of lectures

  1. A language of photography.
  2. Photography and history.
  3. Sight of Medusa.
  4. Me is someone else.
  5. Portrait of statesman.
  6. Hero in a landscape.
  7. Where is my homeland?
  8. Life of things.
  9. Pictiures of banalities.
  10. Family of mankind.
  11. The Americans.
  12. Document after the documentary.
  13. Between document and storytellin.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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