This seminar examines the intertwined histories of travel and photography, considering social, philosophical, political, and artistic questions. Readings and slideshows will provide context for critical thinking about photography’s relationship to tourism in general and to “the American road” in particular. We will look at a range of practices of image making, collecting, and sharing; from personal snapshots, albums, and family slideshows to postcards and photo books. Throughout the course, students will engage in in-depth classroom discussion, and complete both visual and written assignments. Final projects may be creative or research-based.
This course will be offered the second seven weeks of the term.