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The History of Photography Course with Rachel Boillot (Online) – Summer 2020

June 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$425 – $475
Oriel Window by William Henry Fox Talbot

The Griffin Museum of Photography is delighted to be able to bring you an online, 12-week course on the History of Photography, taught by Rachel Boillot. The course will run from 6:30-8:00 Eastern Time on Tuesday evenings from June 23-September 8, 2020. What better way to spend your “stay-cation” summer nights? 

This LIVE course surveys the history and development of photography from the 1830s into the twenty-first century, examining new technologies and styles such as documentary, portrait, and landscape photography. The course unfolds chronologically and will consider the relationships between photography and other artistic media at every juncture. Here is the outline of the course:

The History of Photography: Drawing with Light, Painting in Time

    1. Invention Stories
    2. Discovering the Uses of Photography
    3. Early War Photography
    4. Motion Pictures and the Wild West
    5. The Advent of Fine Art Photography
    6. Social Reform Photography
    7. Documents of the Depression
    8. WWII and the Family of Man
    9. Street Photography and the Beat Generation
    10. Color Photography, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War
    11. Post-Modernism and Family Pictures
    12. Globalization and the New Social Documentary
    13. Student Presentations* (Optional)

Image above photo credit “The Oriel Window, Lacock Abbey,”  William Henry Fox Talbot


Rachel Boillot Portrait with Her Dog

Rachel Boillot is a photographer, filmmaker, and educator based in Nashville, TN. She holds a BA in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University, a BFA from Tufts University/the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Her work has been funded by the Annenberg Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), the Riverview Foundation (Chattanooga, TN), the Tennessee Arts Commission (Nashville, TN), and the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.).
Her monograph Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau was published by Daylight Books in April 2019.  Boillot currently teaches the History of Photography at Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University. She recently joined the team at the Kentucky Documentary Photography Project. For more information, see her website at rachelboillot.com.


June 23, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$425 – $475
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