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PHOTO-140 - History of Photography - Juan Renteria

Course:History of Photography
Professor:Juan Renteria
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Photo of Juan Renteria with Yoda

Hello and welcome to History of Photography! I'm Juan Renteria, your instructor, here to guide you through the captivating evolution and history of photography. Having taught at College of the Canyons since 2012, I'm truly excited to embark on this journey with you as we explore the fascinating world of Photography History.

Outside the classroom, you'll find me embracing what nature has to offer in my happy place of the great outdoors. I love hopping on a bike and exploring trails, camping with friends and family, backpacking under starlit skies, finding bodies of water for fishing, exploring landscapes through hikes, and embarking on road trips with my wife to discover new corners of the world. My quest for adventure consistently drives me to challenge myself in various ways and continue to grow as a human being.

My passion for teaching stands as a testament to my commitment to your growth, and I am eager to meet you and look forward to our shared journey in the world of photography.


Juan Renteria

Course Description

Explores the history and appreciation of photography from the nineteenth century to present, including the relationship between photography and history, culture, technology, art, social values, and other concerns.

What to Expect in this Course

This is an lecture course, NOT a lab/studio course.

The course will require approximately 3-5 hours of time per week and your daily presence on the class discussion board is required. This course is designed to include collaborative learning and will require group work.

This course is divided into Learning Unit Modules. Each Learning Unit Module is approximately three weeks in length. Generally, for each Learning Unit Module you can expect to complete the following coursework:

  • Read three to four (3-4) chapters from your textbook
  • Review PowerPoint lectures online
  • Answer review questions online
  • Participate in one (1) online discussion
  • Take an online Unit Exam. There are a total of five (5) Unit Exams for this Course.

You should be computer literate, with at least basic knowledge of Internet navigation and email procedures. The college can only provide minimal technological support.

Types of Assessments

Online exams, quizzes, online discussion boards, and written assignments

Other relevant course information

Please contact me though email ( if you want to add to the class after the semester has begun.

Education code requires faculty to drop no-show students. In this online class we don’t meet therefore failure to participate in the online classroom in the first week will result in your being dropped from the course.

Technology Requirements

A computer, tablet or phone with a camera, speakers and microphone capability is required class participation. A computer is the preferred method if available.

A stable internet connection will be necessary for online lectures, test/quizzes and discussions.

Textbook Information

Photography: A Cultural History / Edition 4, by Mary Warner Marien. ISBN: 978-0073379210 Publisher: Pearson, Publication date: 01/16/2014

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 08/19/2023 Sub#: 524