1. Week 1: Images, Messages, Documents 3 items
    1. Photographers on photography: a critical anthology - Nathan Lyons 1966

      Book Essential Cartier-Bresson, Henri. ‘Introduction to the Decisive Moment’ (1952). In Photographers on Photography: A Critical Anthology, edited by Nathan Lyons. Englewood Cliffs, NY: Prentice-Hall, 1966, pp. 41-51. (Text available online)

    2. Image, music, text - Roland Barthes, Stephen Heath 1988

      Chapter Essential Barthes, Roland. ‘The Photographic Message.’ In Image/Music/Text. London: Penguin, 1977, pp. 15-31.

  2. Week 2: Documentary Surrealism (and trip to Edinburgh) 3 items
    1. Photography in the modern era: European documents and critical writings, 1913-1940 - Christopher Phillips, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) c1989

      Chapter Essential Man Ray. ‘On Photographic Realism.’ (1937) In Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Apature, 1989, pp. 57-59.

    2. City gorged with dreams: surrealism and documentary photography in interwar Paris - Ian Walker 2002

      Chapter Essential Walker, Ian. ‘Brassaï: Paris Night and Day.’ In City Gorged with Dreams: Surrealism and Documentary Photography in Interwar Paris. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002, pp. 144-167

  3. Week 3: The New Deal and American Photography 4 items
    1. Walker Evans at work: 747 photographs together with documents selected from letters, memoranda, interviews, notes - Walker Evans, Jerry L. Thompson 1984, c1982

      Book  Walker Evans at Work. London: Thames & Hudson, 1984, section: pp. 112-151.

    2. Documentary Photography (1940) - Dorothea Lange 1966

      Chapter Essential Lange, Dorothea. ‘Documentary Photography’ (1940). In Photographers on Photography: A Critical Anthology, edited by Nathan Lyons. Englewood Cliffs, NY: Prentice-Hall, 1966, pp. 67-8. (Text available online)

    3. Let us now praise famous men: three tenant families - James Agee, Walker Evans 1988, c1969

      Book Essential Agee, James and Walker Evans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941, pp. 1-21, and pp. 223-253.

    4. From Image to Story: Reading the File - Alan Trachtenberg c1988

      Chapter Essential In Carl Fleischhauer and Beverly W. Brannan, eds. Documenting America 1935-1943. Berkeley: University of California Press 1988, pp. 43-75.

  4. Week 4: The Ethics of Witness 4 items
    1. Photographs of Agony - John Berger 2003

      Chapter Essential In The Photography Reader, edited by Liz Wells. London and New York: Routledge, 2003, pp. 288-290.

    2. Aperture - Aperture Foundation 1992-2002

      Article Essential Whelan, R. ‘Robert Capa’s Falling Soldier.’ Aperture 166 (Spring 2002): 48-55.

    3. Regarding the pain of others - Susan Sontag 2004

      Book Essential Sontag, Susan. Regarding the Pain of Others. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003, chapter 4, pp. 59-73, and chapter 5, pp. 74-94.

    4. Frames of war: when is life grievable? - Judith Butler 2010

      Book Essential ‘Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontag.’ In Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? (2009; London: Verso, 2016), pp. 63-100.

  5. Week 5: Deconstructing the Document 3 items
    1. “Marks of Indifference”: Aspects of Photography in, or as, Conceptual Art - Jeff Wall

      Chapter Essential In Jeff Wall: Selected Essays and Interviews. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2007, pp. 143-168.

    2. Looking at Photographs - Victor Burgin 1982

      Chapter Essential In Thinking Photography. London: MacMillan, 1982, pp. 177-153.

    3. Auto-Maticity: Ruscha and Performative Photography - Margaret Iversen 2010

      Chapter Essential In Photography After Conceptual Art, edited by Diarmuid Costello and Margaret Iverson. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 13-27.

  6. Week 6: Independent Learning Week 1 item
    1. No set reading

  7. Week 7: Performative Photography (and trip to Special Collections) 4 items
    1. Can Photographs Make it So? Repeated Outbursts of VALIE EXPORT’s Genital Panic since 1969 - Mechtild Widrich

      Chapter Essential In Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History, edited by Amelia Jones and Adrian Heathfield. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2012, pp. 89-103.

    2. Documentation as Art Practice in the 1960s - Christian Berger, Jessica Santone 10/2016

      Article Essential

  8. Week 8: Re-inventing Documentary 3 items
    1. In Around, and Afterthoughts (On Documentary Photography) - Martha Rosler c2004

      Chapter Essential In Martha Rosler, Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001. Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, pp. 151-206.

    2. Putting myself in the picture: a political, personal, and photographic autobiography - Jo Spence 1986

      Book Essential Spence, Jo, and Terry Dennett. ‘Remodelling Photo History: A Collaboration between Two Photographers.’ In Jo Spence Putting Myself in the Picture: A Political, Personal, and Photographic Autobiography. London: Camden Press, 1986, pp. 118-133.

  9. Week 9: Photography, Society, Politics, Archive 3 items
    1. Recognizing the Unrecognized: The Photographs of Ahlam Shibli - T. J. Demos

      Chapter Essential In The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis. Durham and London: Duke, 2013, pp. 125-143. (Available in the Library and as an e-book)

    2. 'Gursky’s Ether' - Pamela M. Lee c2012

      Chapter Essential In Forgetting the Art World. Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2012, pp. 69-103.

    3. 1970-2000: Archive, Database, Photography - Sven Spieker c2008

      Chapter Essential In The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008, pp. 131-171.

  10. Week 10: Post-Digital, Post-Internet 3 items
    1. On the Ruins of Photographic Culture: The Politics of Photographic Form Today - Roberts John, Blake Stimson, Clark Symposium c2008

      Chapter Essential In The Meaning of Photography, edited by Robin Kelsey and Blake Stimson. New Haven and London: Yale, 2008, pp. 163-168

    2. In Defence of the Poor Image - Hito Steyerl 2012

      Article Essential Available In The Wretched of the Screen, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012, 31-45 [in Library]. Online via E-Flux journal, #10, 2009.

    3. Photo Noise - Carolyn L. Kane 02/04/2016


  11. Week 11: The Return of 'Pictures' 3 items
    1. Pictures - Douglas Crimp

      Article Essential

    2. Street Photography Revisited: Jeff Wall, Beat Streuli, Philip-Lorca Dicorcia - Michael Fried c2008

      Chapter Essential In Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 235-259.

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