We will start off investigating the nature of photography, working out answers to questions such as: What is unique and essential to photographs? Do they document reality? Tell stories? Why do we value them so much, and how does aesthetics enter the picture? Next we will discuss how to understand beauty, focusing on aesthetic beauty and how it differently animates nature and art. This will invite discussion of how titles function as guides for interpreting artworks and photographs. Then we will explore questions about meaning in photography. Not so much why certain photographs may be meaningful to you or for me, but how to regard photographs themselves as embodying meaning. There are two central ways: exhibiting metaphorical content and manifesting character. So we will end up examining both the role of metaphor in photographs and the way in which photographic portraits portray character. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion
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