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Amazon logo Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977. ISBN: 9780374226268.

Amazon logo ———. Regarding the Pain of Others. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. ISBN: 9780374248581.

Amazon logo Alloula, Malek. The Colonial Harem. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780816613847.

Amazon logo Berger, John, and Jean Mohr. Ways of Seeing. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN: 9780140135152.

Amazon logo Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present. New York, NY: Bulfinch; 5 edition, 1982. ISBN: 9780870703812.

WeeK #TopicsReadings
1Introduction: The Power of PhotographyBenjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Illuminations. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, 1968, pp. 217-251.

Newhall. pp. 9-71.
Berger. Ways of Seeing. pp. 7-34.

Newhall. pp. 9-71.
3Anthropology and PhotographyNewhall. pp. 85-139, 141-197.

Rosenbaum, Ron. "The Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal." The New York Times, Sunday Magazine, January 15, 1995.


Pinney, Christopher. "The Parallel Histories of Anthropology and Photography." In Anthropology and Photography, 1860-1920. Edited by Elizabeth Edwards. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992, pp. 74-95.
4Albums and Family Photographs: Western and EasternKatriel, Tamar, and Thomas Farrell. "Scrapbooks as Cultural Texts: An American Art of Memory." Text and Performance Quarterly 11, no. 1 (1991): 1-17.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. "Kodak Moments, Flashbulb Memories: Reflections on 9/11." (PDF) The Drama Review 47 (2003).

Sontag. On Photography. pp. 3-85.
5Photography as Fragment, Photos as Evidence: Portraits, ID PhotosKuhn, Annette. "Remembrance." In Illuminations: Women Writing on Photography from the 1850s to the Present. Edited by Liz Heron and Val Williams. Durham, NC: Duke University, 1996, pp. 470-478.

Newhall. pp. 199-267.

Sontag. On Photography. pp. 85-end.


Simon, Taryn. The Innocents. New York, NY: Umbrage, 2003.
6Mug Shots, Memorial Books

Visual Anthropology
Slyomovics, Susan. "Memory of Place." In The Object of Memory. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998, pp. 1-28.
7Aerial PhotographyCollier, John, Jr., and Malcolm Collier. Visual Anthropology: Photography as Research Method. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1987, pp. 29-63.

Gladwell, Malcolm. "The Picture Problem." The New Yorker, December 13, 2004, pp. 74-81.

Amazon logo Whyte, William H. The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Project for Public Spaces Inc., March 1, 2001, pp. 94-111. ISBN: 9780970632418.
8Nature Photographs:
The Case of National Geographic

True or False?
Lutz, Catherine, and Jane Collins. "The Photograph as an Intersection of Gazes: The Example of National Geographic." Visual Anthropology Review 7, no. 1 (1991): 143-149.

Brower, Kenneth. "Photography in the Age of Falsification." The Atlantic Monthly (May 1998): 92-111.
9Fashion Photography and Paparazzi
10Photography and GenderBerger. Ways of Seeing. pp. 36-81.
11Photography and OrientalismNochlin, Linda. "The Imaginary Orient." The Politics of Vision. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1989, pp. 35-59.

Alloula, Malek. The Colonial Harem. Minnesota, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1986.
12Iraq Photos

Conclusions and Copyright Law: Who Owns the Image?
The Abu Ghraib Investigations: Official Reports. Public Affairs. New York, NY, 2004.

Sontag, Susan. "The Photographs Are Us." New York Times Magazine, May 23, 2004.

———. Regarding the Pain of Others. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.

Berger. Ways of Seeing. pp. 83-end.
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