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Human Behavior and the Photographic Image

Global Temple Conference

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Spring 2024
Spring 2023
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How do photographs become more than just a pile of disparate images? Is there more to photography than that single "decisive moment" in the hunt and capture of an image? How do photographers comment on issues that are important to them? How can photographs tell a story? Is there a way one can use the art of photography to elicit change? In this class, students will use their digital cameras to investigate individual photographs, as well as series of photographs. We will look at photography in its historical context -- at the advent of documentary photography and photojournalism, and at narrative photography in its more contemporary form, as photographers use it to chronicle their own lives and to tell a story. Through the exercises of looking at and making photographic images, several core concepts of social work, along with theories of human behavior in the social environment, will be introduced. Students will learn not only about the place photography holds in our culture, but our culture itself, and the students' place in that culture. Students will critically analyze published photographs, as well as photographs made during the class. The semester will culminate in a class exhibition where students will be given the opportunity to present their photographs to the public, demonstrating their understanding of human behavior in the social environment.

Special Notes: 

This course fulfills the Human Behavior (GB) requirement for Temple students under GenEd and Individual & Society (IN) for Temple students under Core. Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed Social Work 0822, Graphic Arts and Design 0822, or Photography 0822. 

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