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PHOTO 140 - History of Photography - Molly Moody

Course:History of Photography
Professor:Molly Moody
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to PHOTO 140, an introductory course that explores photography as an artistic, historic, and cultural medium. I look forward to working with each student this semester! If you have any questions about the course, be sure to send an email. 

Course Description

This course covers the history and appreciation of photography from the nineteenth-century to the present. Throughout the semester, we will assess the relationship between photography and history, culture, technology, art, social values, and other concerns. Students will learn new terminology related to the historic and cultural context of photography.

What to Expect in this Course

  • The Canvas course site will be available on the first day of the semester.
  • Course content will consist of readings, lectures, discussions, video clips, and PowerPoint presentations. 
  • We will spend a great deal of time looking at, discussing, and writing about photographs. Each student is expected to communicate information about photographs through visual analysis. Such information may include the time and place a particular photograph was made, artistic styles, various materials and techniques, and the context of the work. 
  • Students will be reading and writing about photography, thus an ability to express individual opinions, interpretations, and critiques is essential for succeeding in this class.
  • This is a lecture course and NOT a lab/studio course.

Types of Assessments

Visual Analysis assignments, Unit Exams, Discussion responses

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Marien, Mary Warner. Photography: A Cultural History, 3rd or 4th edition, Prentice Hall/Pearson. ISBN: 9780205988945
- You are required to obtain a copy of the text prior to the beginning of class; you may rent/purchase the textbook from various online websites or reserve your textbook online for next day pick up from the COC bookstore.

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:

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Online Education

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Last updated: 06/12/2021 Sub#: 271