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IST 605: History of Photography

technological innovations, global, and art histories of photography

Gayed, A., & Angus, S. (2018). Visual Pedagogies: Decolonizing and Decentering the History of Photography. Studies in Art Education59(3), 228–242.

This Video from Vox another great resource when thinking about decentering whiteness in photography. Chemicals bringing out the red, yellow, and brown tones of a picture were often left out of the formulation of color film, because white people were often the target markets for these products. It wasn't until 70's when things started to change, but not for the reasons one might think. 

Vox. (2015). Color film was built for white people. Here’s what it did to dark skin. YouTube. Retrieved November 20, 2023, from

Site Specific Histories of Photography

Hayes, P., & Minkley, G. (Eds.). (2019). Ambivalent : photography and visibility in African history. Ohio University Press.

Cody, J. W., & Terpak, F. (2011). Brush & shutter : Early photography in China. Getty Research Institute.

Nassar, I., Sheehi, S., & Tamari, S. (2022). Camera Palaestina: Photography and Displaced Histories of Palestine (1st ed.). University of California Press.

Arnold, B. C. (ed.). (2022). A History of Photography in Indonesia : From the Colonial Era to the Digital Age. Amsterdam University Press.

Mraz, J. (2012). Photographing the Mexican Revolution: Commitments, Testimonies, Icons . University of Texas Press.

Debroise, O. (2001). Mexican suite : A history of photography in Mexico (de Sá Rego, S. Trans.). University of Texas Press.

Behdad, A., & Gartlan, L. (Eds.). (2013). Photography’s Orientalism : New essays on colonial representation. Getty Research Institute.

Taylor, J. E. (2019). The “Occupied Lens” in Wartime China: Portrait Photography in the Service of Chinese “Collaboration”, 1939-1945. History of Photography43(3), 284–307.

Meier, P. (2019). The Surface of Things: A History of Photography from the Swahili Coast. The Art Bulletin (New York, N.Y.)101(1), 48–69.

  • From Google Arts and Culture and the J. Paul Getty Museum there is also this great interactive article about Early Mexican Photography (and Part II). This article is mostly pictures with some text, but it traces early portraits in Mexico and goes into detail about the processes used in the examples and how one would go about finding the creator or even the sitter photographed. They also talk about the kinds of clothes worn and the poses people are in. 

The J. Paul Getty Museum. (2021). Early Mexican photography (Part I) . Google Arts and Culture.

A British history of photography in three parts from the BBC. These videos (condensed into one) go through some of the technological processes and inventors, but the real highpoints are when you get to see the actual processes being done as they would have happened so many years ago.  We get to see the cameras change and the long exposure times become shorter. They even touch on Satellite photography that is being turned into art and go all the way through the history to digital photography, and cellphone cameras paired with social media today. 

BBC. (2022). BBC History Of Photography Complete ( Episode 1,2, and 3). YouTube. Rap Education | Photography Academy. Retrieved December 3, 2023, from