Course details

The History and Context of Photography 2

DKFII-L FaVU DKFII-L Acad. year 2022/2023 Summer 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 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. Practical workshops focised on modes of displaying photography will be part of the course, too.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 13 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs seminar



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 knowledge and skills

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

Study literature

  • ● Frizot, Michael: New History of Photography. Kolín nad Rýnem: Konemann, 1998.
  • ● Warnen Marien, Mary: Photography. A Cultural History, Laurence King 2010.

Progress assessment

Exam (written test)

Teaching methods and criteria

Lectures - introductions to theoretical and historical aspects of the topics, audiovisual demonstrations, formal and content analysis of the images, discussion.

Controlled instruction

Controlled attendance (up to 3 absences are tolerated).

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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