Professor: Jerome LaLonde, Office AB228b
Course Number: PT205
Course Name: The History of Photography
Catalog Description: This course surveys the history of photography, beginning with the
camera obscura of the Middle Ages through the beginning of the 20th Century. It emphasizes the
artistic intent and purpose of the photographer.
Course Prerequisite[s]: None
Practicum Period: 3
Credit Hours: 3
Professor: Jerome LaLonde
Instructors Office: AB228b
Instructor’s Telephone Number: 792-5437
Course Text: The History of Photography, Beaumont Newhall, Museum of Modern Art,
Major Topics of Study:
*Invention of Photography
*History of Mechanical Image Creation
*Photography for the Masses
*Photography as Art
*Early Action Photography
*Modernism and Photography
*Photography as Witness
Course Description: This History of Photography course is designed for photography
majors at a technical institution. Students will explore The History of Photography from
both a technical perspective and from an aesthetic point of view. The emphasis of the
course will be place on evaluating photographs from 1827 to the present from both a
historical context and from a photographer's perspective (photographers such as many in
this class). Therefore, paying careful attention to class discussions of visual information is
vital for your success in this course.
Aug. 28 Introduction to The History of Photography
Course description, objectives and evaluation
The Invention of Photography
Assignment: Read Chapters 1&2
Aug. 30 The Invention of Photography, Video
Camera Obscura, Camera Lucida
Daguerreotype, Talbot, Niepce, Bayard
Sept. 4 The Daguerreotype, The Calotype
Read Chapter 3, The Mirror with a Memory
Sept. 6 Invention of Photography continued
Sept. 11 Invention of Photography continued
Sept. 13 The Mirror with a Memory
Isaac Augustus Wetherby, Pierre Gustave de
Lotbiniere,Baron Jean Baptiste Louis Gros,
The Mirror with a Memory cont.
*Read Chapter 4
Sept. 20 Chapter 4- The Calotype: The Pencil of Nature
Charles Negre, Talbot, Hill & Adamson, Thomas Keith,
Maxime Du Camp, Charles Marville, Henri Le Secq,
John Bulkley Greene, Bayard.
Sept. 25 Review, Study for exam!!!
Sept. 27 First Examination, Chapters 1,2,3,4 covered.
Read Chapter 5
Oct. 2 Portraits for the Million
Albumen Prints, Tintypes,
Ambrotypes, The Solar Camera, Carte-de-Visite.
Oct. 4 Portraits for the Million continued
Oct. 4 Submit Topic for term paper.
Write a general outline on a photographer or a topic dealing with the history
of photography that you would like to explore. The final term paper should
be five pages typed, double spaced and approximately 1000 words and
approved by the instructor. Term paper due: Dec. 1st.
NO Class, Monday Schedule
Oct. 11, 16 Photography as a New Art Form
David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson, Rejlander, Henry
Peach Robinson, Julia Margaret Cameron
Read Chapter 7
***Mid Term Point of the Semester October 19th***
Oct. 18, 23 A new form of Communication, Quiz
Timothy O'Sullivan, Roger Fenton, Alexander Gardner
Matthew Brady, William Henry Jackson & others
Read Chapter 8
Oct. 30 Conquest of Action
Eakins, Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne Jules Marey, Thomas, Eakins,
Fredrick Church, Jacob A. Riis, Zola
Nov. 6 Examination# 2, Chapters 5,6,7,8
Read Chapter 9
Nov. 8, 13
Alfred Stieglitz, Peter Henry Emerson, George Davision
Robert Demachy, Frederick H. Evans, Gertrude Kasebier
Eduard Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn
Read Chapter 10
Nov. 15, 20 Straight Photography
Ansel Adams, Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler
Paul Outerbridge, Walker Evans, Edward Weston,
Imogen Cunningham, Eugene Atget
Read Chapter 11
Nov. 22 No Class. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Nov. 27, 29 In Quest of Form And Bauhaus Photography
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Coburn, Man Ray, Erich Mendelsohn
Alexander Rodchenko, Bragaglia, Hannah Hoch,
Raoul Hausmann, Max Ernst, John Heartfield
Read Chapter 12
Dec.4 Instant Vision
Jaques-Henry Lartigue, Erich Salomon, Andre Kerte
Dec. 6 Brassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weegee
Barbara Morgan, Harold Edgerton
***Term papers due***
Dec. 8 Review for Examination #3
Dec. 13 Examination #3
Student Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate the ability to:
*Understand the operation of the Camera Obscura
*Identify light sensitive chemical compounds and materials
*Recognize photographic methods used by pioneer photographers
*Identify Daguerreotype photographs and its process
*Identify Calotype photographs and its process
*Understand the development of photography as art
*Understand the development of photography as science
*Understand the development of photography as milestone in mass communications
*Identify Pictorial photography
*Recognize the attributes of Straight photography
*Identify the several photographic technical innovations of the late nineteenth century
*Understand the principles of modernist photography
Class attendance: 5%
Classroom participation: 10%
Chapter review worksheets: 5%
Term paper outline: 5%
Test number one: 15%
Test number two: 15%
Test number three: 15%
Term Paper: 20%
Total Mean= 100%
100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F
Requirements: Students are required to attend all lectures. Attendance in mandatory! Students
are required to complete all reading assignments and participate in class discussions. The term
paper, quizzes, chapter review worksheets, attendance, and class participation will be averaged in
with three tests for your final grade.
All assignments submitted by a student must be original and creative. Cheating, plagiarism and
piracy will not be tolerated.
Cheating is the act of fraudulently deceiving. Webster’s Dictionary
Plagiarism is the act of stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of
another; the use of a created production without crediting the source. Handbook of
Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, Graphic Artists Guild
Piracy is the unauthorized use of another’s creative work- and infringement of copyright.
When you use any borrowed material in this class you must cite your sources. Students are
expected to adhere to the specific regulation as outlined in the MVCC Student Handbook.
Late projects will drop one letter grade for each class period that they are late. Projects more than
one week late will not be accepted. A zero will be recorded for the project’s grade.
Projects may be submitted a second time to improve your grade if the original was submitted on
Ms. Lynn Igoe (792.5413 voice or TTY), the Coordinator of Disability Services, would
appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has a disability (for example: physical, hearing,
psychiatric, vision, etc.) which may require some special accommodation. The college
(731.5702) Learning Disabilities Specialist can help you as well.
The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is located in AB109 on the Utica Campus.
They are able to determine your eligibility for these accommodations and can explain the services
as well as introduce you to the aides available through the college and affiliated organizations. If
there is something that I can do to assist you, please contact me during office hours in Ab228b.
The Learning Center, located in AB 152 is coordinated by Ms. Donna Sawyer (792.5610) and is
structured to help students enhance their academic skills. Free tutoring is available in a number
of subjects, as well as assistance in composing and editing writing assignments, study skills
training, and mathematics assistance.
1. No talking during lecture
2. No headphones, CD players, mp3 players or tape recorders
3. Cell phones must be on silence
4. No working on out of class projects or projects from other classes
5. No food in classroom, studios or computer labs
6. Students must wear appropriate clothing for classroom setting or laboratory.
7. Students must arrive to class on time.
These rules are subject to change at the instructors’ discretion and certain privileges may be
earned by the class as the semester progresses. Failure to comply with the class rules will lead to
a loss of participation points or dismissal from class for the day.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students are expected to contact the instructor with any information pertinent to success
in this class. Please read the Disabilities Statement located under Institution Services on
the MVCC Blackboard Welcome Page. Also see the information below:
I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical,
learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.), which may require some special accommodation.
Please contact me so that we can discuss your needs. Before services or arrangements can begin,
you must also contact Lynn Igoe, Coordinator of Disability Services, 792-5413 (Voice or TTY),
or Tamara Mariotti, the Learning and Assistive Technology Specialist, at 731-5702; both are
located in Room 153 of the Academic Building on the Utica Campus. (For classes on the Rome
Campus, the contact person is Michael Badolato, PC A30, 334-7718). They are the staff
members who review your documentation, determine eligibility for accommodations, and help
determine what those accommodations will be. No accommodations will be made until
eligibility is determined by Disability Services.