Photo 1 - History of Photography
Spring 2014
Monday & Wednesday 11 - 12:20 pm
section 78245
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Student Consultation Hours: by appointment in CAA 302
Mailbox: CAA 302
Voice mail: 909 652 - 7867






Course Description

This course will explore the history of photography from its foundations in the Renaissance to its incredible influence on art theory in the 21st century. Visual language and art terminology will be used to examine photographs from a wide assortment of historical, social, political and personal contexts. During this investigation, students will be encouraged to develop and maintain a critical eye that takes nothing for granted and is actively engaged in questioning. Through this critical examination, students will gain a general level of knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the artistic practice of photography and its history.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of Photo 1 (grade C or better), students should be able to:
    • utilize appropriate art historical methodologies to analyze and interpret photographic works from a range of historical periods.
    • synthesize an understanding of cultural and social diversity through written and oral analysis of photographic imagery and artistic techniques.
    • identify, compare, and contrast historical photographic movements and themes utilizing appropriate photographic terminology and theory.






Course Materials
Required Text
Marien, Mary Warner. Photography: A Cultural History. Any edition.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.






Recommended Texts
D'Alleva, Anne. Methods & Theories of Art History. Second ed. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2012.
Methods & Theories of Art History



Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Seventh ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
(Chaffey Library 808.02 G43)

MLA Handbook



College Dictionary and Thesaurus






Instructional Websites

This course will be taught from the instructional website: Lecture presentations, assignments, and other course materials will be available to students at this site, and you will need to access it regularly.  Please let the instructor know if you do not have internet access.

Various course materials will be available on the course moodle site at Registered students will use moodle to take online quizzes, review their current grade, utilize a discussion board, and access other materials.










Important Dates
Add Deadline
The deadline to add this course with an instructor's add code is January 21.
Drop Deadline
Students wishing to drop the course, must do so via MyChaffey View by January 27 for a refund, by January 28 without record, or by April 9 with a "W" grade.
Submission Deadline
All coursework must be submitted by the last day of lecture. NO COURSE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:20 PM ON May 14!!
Grades will be available online by May 30.












There are 500 points possible in this class. Fifty-Two percent of your grade will be earned through Worksheet assignments, 18% by writing “Daily Questions” and quiz questions with a Learning Community, 20% by taking online quizzes, and10% through two Activity Reports.

Students are strongly encouraged to keep track of earned points on the Grade Table included on page 12 of the printable syllabus. If requesting an appointment to review your grade, you will be asked to bring the table with you!


Grading Scale
  100 - 90% 500 - 448 points  
  500 - 487
  486 - 468
  467 - 448
  89 - 80% 447 - 398  
  447 - 433
  432 - 418
  417 - 398
  79 - 70% 397 - 348  
  397 - 373
  372 -348
  69 - 60% 347 - 298  
  347 - 333
  332 - 318
  317 - 298
  59% - or less 297 - 0 points  




Study Time
Students should plan on spending two to three hours reading, fulfilling assignments and studying for this class for every hour spent in the classroom. That's 96 to 144 hours of Photo 1 study time you should plan for during this semester!











Worksheets - 10 + (10 X 25) = 260 points, 52% of grade

This semester, you will learn how to analyze photographs using a variety of art historical methods demonstrated in class, and readings. Yo’ll first practice your skills with a Flash Card review worth 10 points. Throughout the semester, you’ll further demonstrate your ability to analyze photos using the art historical methods and your textbook by submitting ten Worksheets worth 25 points each.

Learning Communities - (2 X 25) + 4 X 10) = 90 points, 18% of grade

Students are required to submit two questions related to each lecture discussion and reading, each class date, for 25 classes. Each “Daily Question” will be worth 1point, and will be compiled and redistributed amongst Learning Communities on community meeting dates.

In preparation for quizzes, Learning Communities will review an assortment of given questions, find questions on assigned topics, and refine those questions for inclusion on the upcoming quiz. Communities will submit ten improved questions worth ten points, during four meetings over the semester.

Quizzes - (3 X 30) - lowest quiz score + 40 points = 100 points, 20% of grade

Students will submit four 30 point quizzes via Moodle. Quiz questions will derive from Learning Communities and will be made available on Thursdays. Quizzes must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the date due. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.

A mandatory, comprehensive final quiz, that will be taken in advance of final grade appointments, will be worth 40 points.

Activity Reports - 25 + 25 = 50 points, 10% of grade
Students will be asked to submit two Activity Reports aiming to connect course content within the art community at large. The Exhibition Report, requires students to view an exhibition held at an off-campus art venue during the current semester, while the Event Report requires students to attend an on-campus event relating to modern or contemporary art. Each report is worth 25 points.











Class Schedule and Required Reading
Please complete and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings before the date they will be presented in class. This is a tentative schedule, and may be changed by the instructor at any point during the semester according to the needs of the class.
Discussion Topic
Assignment Due
January 13
January 15

Art Historical Methods
Approaches to Art

January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 22
Before Photography
Introduction - page 7
Flash Cards
January 27

Invention of Photography
Pages 7 - 12
Approaches to Art

Worksheet 1
January 29
The Daguerreotype
Pages 12 - 17 & 58 - 73
February 3
The Expanding Domain
Pages 17 - 31
Worksheet 2
February 5
Learning Community 1
Photography's Re-Invention
Pages 74 - 75
Quiz 1
February 12
Picturing Science
Pages 32 - 42, 46 - 58, & Chapter 5
February 17
Washington Holiday
February 19
Photographing The Other
Worksheet 3
February 24
Photography in Conflict
Pages 43 - 45, & 99 - 126
February 26
Imagining the West
Pages 127 - 142
Worksheet 4
March 3
Studies in Motion
Pages 210 - 216
March 5
Learning Community 2
March 10
Question of Art
Quiz 2
March 12
Amateur Visions
Pages 84 - 98, 162 - 169, & 195 - 210
Worksheet 5
March 17
Spring Break
March 19
March 24
Pages 170 - 194
March 26
Straight Photography
Pages 230 - 233
Worksheet 6
March 31
New Vision
Pages 234 - 242, & 262 - 263
April 2
Healing the Madness
Pages 242 - 259
Worksheet 7
April 7
Documentary & Social Reform
Pages 278 - 309
April 9
Group f/64
Pages 268 - 277
Worksheet 8
April 14
Learning Community 3
April 16
Faculty Lecturer of the Year - No Class
April 21
The Decisive Moment
Quiz #3
April 23
The Family of Man?
Chapter 10 & Pages 299 - 308
Exhibition Report
April 28
Through the Lens of Culture
Pages 349 - 391
Worksheet 9
April 30
Pages 392 - 404 & 455 - 473
May 5
Pages 437 - 453
Worksheet 10
May 7
Photographic Politics
Pages 405 - 436, 454, 474 - 489 & 490 - 491
May 12
The Death of Photography?
Chapter 14
Event Report
May 14

Learning Community 4

May 17
Final Quiz must be submitted on Moodle by 11:59 pm
May 19
Grade Appointments 11:30 am - 2 pm











To ensure that our learning community functions well and that everyone is treated with the respect that they deserve, we must all agree to the following courtesies and guidelines.

Good attendance is essential to your success! While you will not be graded directly on your attendance, numerous absences are sure to negatively affect your grade.

  Take a Break from Texting!

Please DO NOT text message during class. If you need to attend to an important message, please leave the classroom and return when you can fully commit your attention to the class discussion.

  Respect is Key

We will often consider provocative and challenging subject matter in this class and must therefore agree to respect each other’s views and identities. Our diverse backgrounds and opinions are assets and no student shall be made to feel inferior or uncomfortable because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or physical/ intellectual abilities.

  Cheating & Plagiarism

Integrity is an essential component of the student academic experience. The academic evaluation a student receives for a course becomes a permanent college record and it is critical that such records be accurate and consistent. The integrity students learn and exhibit at the college will be a model for the professional integrity they practice when they complete their college work. Accordingly, Chaffey College has classified academic dishonesty into the following categories and included examples for each category.

  • Cheating
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
  • Interference or sabbotage
  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Retaliation
  Late Assignments

You may turn one assignment in one class day late. The late assignment will not be marked down, however any assignments turned in more than one class late, or in addition to the one accepted assignment, will NOT receive credit.

  Complete Assignments Before Class Begins

Assignments need to be turned in at the start of class. Please do not use class time to prepare for the class you are missing because you’re doing your homework!

  Online Quizzes

Quizzes will be taken online on the course's Moodle page. In progress quizzes can be saved, printed, and updated. However, once the quiz has been submitted, answers cannot be edited. Make-up quizzes cannot be accommodated, except under extenuating circumstances!

  Extra Credit

Opportunities to earn extra credit may be announced during class. However, students are limited to earning a maximum of 25 extra credit points (five percent) during the semester. Any points earned above 5% of the total course grade will NOT be applied to the final grade.











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Have you considered in A.A. in ART HISTORY?

The Art History program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and for careers in education, museums, research, and related fields. Students learn the major theories and artistic movements in Art and Architecture from the ancient to the modern world, and evaluate the influences that social, political, and religious institutions have in the creation of art. The program addresses the dynamic fields of both Western and Non-Western Art and Architecture, as well as the critical roles that Photography, Contemporary Art, and Graphic Design have in shaping our society. Students should consult with the intended transfer institution to determine the appropriate courses to complete at Chaffey.

To obtain an Associate's Degree in Art History, students must complete both the major requirements below and the graduation requirements listed on pages 24-25 of the college catalog.

Major requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree:
Art 1 Contemporary Art: 1945 - Present
Art 3 Art History of the Western World: Ancient to Medieval
Art 5 Art History of the Western World: Renaissance to Modern

Plus one studio course:
Art 10 Fundamentals of Design in Two Dimensions
Art 12 Fundamentals of Design in Three Dimensions
Art 14 Introduction to Drawing
Art 18 Introduction to Ceramics
Photo 7 Introduction to Digital Photography
Photo 10 Beginning Photography

Plus one course from the following:
ART 9 Art of the Pre-Columbian Americas (Non-Western)
ART 11 Asian Art History (Non-Western)
ID 13 Non-European Architecture and Design (Non-Western)

Plus two courses from the following:
ART 6 Women Artists in History
ART 407 History of Design
PHOTO 1 History of Photography


Plus two courses from the following:*
ART 10 Fundamentals of Design in Two Dimensions
ART 12 Fundamentals of Design in Three Dimension
ART 14 Introduction to Drawing
ART 18 Introduction to Ceramics
PHOTO 7 Introduction to Digital Photography
PHOTO 10 Beginning Photography