Family Photography OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Photography Class Focusing on Family Photography

Published Feb 26, 2009

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Ever wonder about the people you see in photographs contained in your family album? 'Picturing the Family' can give students the skills they need to mine pictorial records for information that may not be readily apparent. The course, which is offered as free OpenCourseWare by The Open University, is not credit-bearing, but falls under the mantle of the university's Bachelor of Arts in Humanities program

Picturing the Family: Course Specifics:

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Picturing the Family: Course Specifics:

This course offers students a chance to learn how to interpret pictorial sources by mining the information they keep. As a first principle, 'Picturing the Family' teaches that photographs reflect conventions that are grounded in notions and practices that may not be easily discerned on first glance. The history of the photograph as portrait is examined, in both an ideological and methodological light. Attention is given to the extent by which the act of taking pictures has pervaded our culture, from documenting rites of passage to commemorating special occasions. Note is made that when looking at such pictures from the past, the viewer may not be aware of the significance of rituals that may have faded from common practice. The course takes a look at not only formal studio portraiture, but also at photographs of people outdoors, sometimes taken by itinerant photographers. This course contains a set of readings that are accompanied by activities.

The course materials are all free online. If you'd like to take this course, visit the family photography course page.

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