ART315 Perspectives in Photography (8)

This subject is concerned with aesthetic, stylistic, historical and social aspects of photography from its invention to the present. Critical approaches of nineteenth century writers are contrasted with those of twentieth century photographic theorists and historians. Particular attention is given to evaluating changing attitudes to photography (as reflected in photographic and art magazines and the popular press), and analyzing selected works by individual photographers and artists in other related visual media.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed ART-3114

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstarte a broader and deeper critical understanding of photography and its place in art history
  • be able to distinguish the characteristics of photography as fine art from other forms, such as photojournalism, documentary, commercial and popular photography


This subject will cover the following topics:

The Invention of Photography Romanticism and Realism in Photographs The Search for a Photographic Aesthetic Critical Views: Nineteenth Century Documentation versus Pictorialism Photography and Cultural History Photography and Society Popular Photography Photo-Journalism Critical Views: Twentieth Century

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.