About the Class
What is a photograph? The answer to this question might seem simple. This course, however, aims to broaden our understanding of photography as both historical artifact and cultural practice. Through focused readings and visits to our photography exhibition, we will explore the history and ever-evolving theory of photography, starting with its invention in the 19th century. We will look at a wide spectrum of photographs—from fine art prints to mug shots—and photographers, both amateur and professional.
Kim specializes in late 19th- and early 20th-century American women artists, race, and visual culture. She is the author of Race Experts: Sculpture, Anthropology, and the American Public in Malvina Hoffman’s Races of Mankind and essays on lynching photography, women sculptors and the art market, and World’s Fairs.