French Photography

A shop window displaying rows of corsets on dress forms.

A photo taken in 1912 by Eugène Atget of a Corsetière shop window on Boulevard de Strasbourg in Paris. (Image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


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Spring 2017



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This course introduces students to the world of French photography from its invention in the 1820s to the present. It provides exposure to major photographers and images of the French tradition, and encourages students to explore the social and cultural roles and meanings of photographs. Designed to help students navigate their own photo-saturated worlds, it also provides opportunity to gain practical experience in photography. Taught in English.

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Catherine Clark. 21G.049 French Photography. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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