This course explores the history of photography from its beginnings in the 1830’s to current developments in photographic practice. Lectures and readings examine major schools of photography (i.e. pictorialism, formalism, straight photography), as well as technological developments and photographic processes which expand the possibilities of the medium. Photography blurs the boundaries between art, science and document, challenges our conception of reality and raises questions about authenticity and artistic merit. The goal of this course is to develop a better understanding of the complex history of photography, its diversity of social functions, its affect on our modern vision of the world, and to address the theoretical questions inherent to this modern medium. At the conclusion of this course, students possess a deeper understanding of the history of photography. Further, students will conduct research and write knowledgeably on topics from the history of photography.