Schedule 2016-17

Week 1: September 20

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Course Rationale
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Discussion on Assessments
  • History of Photography as a Technical Practice

Readings:

  1. History of photography [website]
  2. Looking at Photographs [pdf]
  3. The Market for Ansel Adams and Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico [web article]
  4. Ansel Anecdotes [web article]
  5. Ansel Adams prints his photograph Moonrise
  6. The Suspense of Ansel Adams’ Famous Moonrise

Week 2: September 27

  • Reading Photographs
  • How do we Perceive Photographs?
  • A Brief Introduction to Photo-semiotics
  • A Brief Introduction to Photo-materiality
  • Class discussion on Barthes’ ‘Rhetoric of the Image’

Readings:

  1. Rhetoric of the Image [pdf]
  2. Material beings: objecthood and ethnographic photographs [pdf]

Assessment [5%]:

  • Blog post on photography as a technical practice

Week 3: October 4

  • Digitising Photographs: Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Image Digitisation
  • Lab Demonstration of Digital Imaging

Readings:

  1. Guidelines for Photographing and Scanning Archival Material [pdf]
  2. Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial [website]
  3. Preservation Advisory Centre: Photographic Material [pdf]

Week 4: October 11

  • Describing Cultural Objects
  • Text and Image
  • Photo-captions
  • An introduction to Metadata
  • Class discussion on the limits of text and image

Readings:

  1. The Spoken Image: Photography and Language [pdf, pp 46-74]
  2. Metadata for Art Objects and their Visual Surrogates [pdf]

Assessment [5%]:

  • Blog post on the limits of digitisation

Week 5: October 18

  • Structuring Data with XML I
  • Formats and Standards
  • Working with XML

Readings:

  1. XML Tutorial [website]
  2. Learning basic HTML [web tutorial]

Week 6: October 25

  • Structuring data with XML II
  • What are controlled vocabularies?

Class Practical [10%]

  • Photographs, Metadata, and XML [10%]

Readings:

  1. What are Controlled Vocabularies? [pdf]

Assessment [5%]:

  • Blog post on the importance of metadata standards

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Week 7: November 1 | Reading Week

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Week 8: November 8

  • Photographic Collections
  • Screening of Finding Vivian Maier
  • Group discussion on Vivan Maier’s photography

Readings:


Week 9: November 15

  • Building Digital Image Collections
  • Collection and the Archive
  • Thematic collections
  • Working with Omeka and Dublin Core
  • Working with KnightlabJS

Readings:

  1. Photogrammar [website]
  2. Photogrammar: A New Look at New Deal Photography [pdf]
  3. Omeka [website]
  4. KnightlabJS [website]

Assessment [5%]:

  • Blog post on concerns in curating an image collection

Week 10: November 22

  • Social media and the Digital Turn
  • Culture of production in the socio-digital space
  • Social media and the circulation of images
  • Images as big data

Readings:

  1. The Paradoxes of Digital Photography [pdf]
  2. Zooming into an Instagram City: Reading the local through social media [web article]
  3. #Funeral and Instagram: death, social media, and platform vernacular [pdf]

Week 11: November 29

  • Computational Image Analysis I
  • Introduction to computational image processing
  • Working with Javascript
  • What is Tracking.js?

Readings:

  1. Basic introduction to Javascript [web tutorial]
  2. tracking.js [website]

Assessment [5%]:

  • Blog post on images on social media

Week 12: December 6

  • Computational Image Analysis II
  • Reviewing tracking.js

Readings:

No readings this week.

Class Practical [10%]

  • Feature recognition with tracking.js [10%]

Week 13: December 13

  • Conclusions and discussions

Assessment [5%]:

Blog post on computational analysis vs curatorial expertise