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Instructor Info:Sandra Matthews
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TA Info:Chau Tran
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5

In the 1840's, shortly after the invention of photography, British, European and American photographers traveled to the Far and Near East, often on the heels of military aggression. In the process, they introduced photography to these regions, where local practitioners quickly took up the medium and used it for their own purposes. Yet history of photography texts do not adequately register the rich photographic traditions developed by photographers in Asia, and the current outpouring of photographic work from Asia countries demands a fuller historical context. In this course, we will study the development of photographic practices in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia. Collectively, through research, writing and the examination of historical and contemporary work, the class will assemble a fuller "picture" of photography in Asia, thereby expanding the framework of the history of photography in general.

Course Objectives:

To gain knowledge about the histories of photography as the medium developed in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. To contribute to the understanding of photography from Asia through original research and thinking.

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on the quality of their engagement with the material of the course, including their research and writing and their contributions to class discussions and projects.

Additional Info:

We will be using two books: Photography and Japan by Karen Fraser, and Photography and China by Claire Roberts. Both books are available in the Hampshire College Bookstore. They will be supplemented by additional readings, accessible through the course website.

There will also be an open reserve shelf for our course in the Hampshire Library, with relevant books available for browsing. Books will be added to this shelf throughout the semester.