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Elements of History and Theory of Photography


Tescari V.

Course director


Aspects of documentary photography, portraiture, urban and landscape photography will be explored by analysing the eye of some of the most important photographers in the modern and contemporary periods. Attention will also be drawn on the relationship between photography and other forms of expression, such as cinema and literature. Equally important is the acquisition of theoretical and interpretative tools to understand the photographic language and the historical, artistic, philosophical and cultural implications of pictures and their production. Together with the visual itinerary, the course will thus propose a textual approach based on the assumptions of the major theorists, such as Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes. 


The course offers an introduction to the history and theory of photography, focusing on some of the most significant approaches and artists from the medium's origins to the present day.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods


Examination information

Oral during the exam session