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Online Class: History of Photography with Rachel Boillot (March-May 2019)


  • Griffin Museum of Photography 67 Shore Road Winchester, MA, 01890 United States (map)
“The Oriel Window, Lacock Abbey” by William Henry Fox Talbot

“The Oriel Window, Lacock Abbey” by William Henry Fox Talbot

© Rachel Boillot

© Rachel Boillot

© Rachel Boillot

© Rachel Boillot

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 Monday evenings from March 4-May 20, 2019.

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

  1. Invention Stories

  2. Discovering the Uses of Photography

  3. Motion Pictures and the Wild West

  4. The Advent of Fine Art Photography

  5. Social Reform Photography

  6. Documents of the Depression and WWII Propaganda

  7. The Family of Man and Suburbia

  8. Street Photography and the Beat Generation

  9. Color Photography, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War

  10. Post-Modernism and Family Pictures

  11. Globalization and the New Social Documentary

  12. Student Presentations

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About Rachel Boillot:
Rachel Boillot is a photographer, filmmaker, and educator based in Nashville, TN. She holds a BA in Sociology from Tufts University, a BFA in Photography 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.). She was the recipient of the 2018 PhotoNOLA Review Award. Her monograph Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau will be published by Daylight Books in April 2019. Her documentary film In That Valley of Gold will also be released at that time. Boillot currently teaches the History of Photography at Belmont University. She recently joined the team at the Kentucky Documentary Photography Project. For more information, see her website at rachelboillot.com.

About The Griffin Museum of Photography
The Griffin Museum of Photography is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the art of photography. Through our many exhibitions, programs and lectures, we strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of photographic art. At the Griffin Museum, you will find exhibitions from well-known photographers to those emerging on the scene that explore important themes and thought-provoking ideas. All of our exhibitions and programs are designed to encourage the passionate exploration of the art of photography.