This is a course aimed at introducing you to the
history of photography in the 19th century. It combines theory with practice,
giving you the option to respond to some of the iconic images we will explore,
and to create and share your own images.
It will provide an introduction to the
processes, people and images associated with early photography, starting in 1839
when Louis Daguerre announced the daguerreotype image in France, and WHF Talbot
unveiled the calotype process in England. You will have the chance to learn
about the personalities, processes and social contexts of the rise of
Throughout, you will hear from a
range of people who are passionate about photography in the 19th
century. We will focus on specific images and techniques, ranging from
high end studio portraiture, iconic landscapes and cityscapes and the rise of
itinerant and beach photography for the masses. There will be opportunity
for you, the course participant, to respond to some of these images with your
own photographic experiments and to share your own family album.
The course is
linked to a new major exhibition from the National Museum of Scotland called
Photography, A Victorian Sensation.
Follow the discussion on twitter: #vicphotomooc