Liz Deschenes

Undergraduate Discipline

Visual and Studio Arts

Undergraduate Courses 2022-2023

Visual and Studio Arts

Women and Photography (1839–2022)

Intermediate/Advanced, Seminar—Fall

This course will have two components: a historic and a contemporary examination of how women have shaped the discipline of photography. We will initially look at and study how women have played an integral role in the practice of photography from its inception and will research how women’s achievements within the medium have been historicized. We will read firsthand accounts from artists and historians from the book of collected essays, Illuminations: Women Writing on Photography From the 1850s to the Present. The second part of the course will focus on the myriad of radical contributions by female artists who utilize the medium for artistic, political, and practical purposes. Students will evolve a project of their own choosing, based on responses to the readings, lectures, and discussions.