ARTS 223 - Paris: History, Image, Myth, Part II

4 credits, FDR-HA

Four weeks in Paris, France

Prof. Christa Bowden

This course spends four weeks in Paris asking the following questions: how can photography capture Parisian life and Parisian spaces to document a sense of place? How can we use photography to observe the city's changing landscape as well as understand its rich past? Indeed, how has photography - the development of which is closely tied to Paris's history - altered the fabric of the city? Topics will include the social and political transformations of the 19th century, the shifting geography of artistic Paris, and contemporary trends such as immigration and gentrification. Numerous museum and gallery visits will also play an important role in our time in Paris. This course will be taught in close collaboration with History 210, creating an interdisciplinary context for students to explore the relationship of photography to the modern history and contemporary issues of Paris.

Prerequisite: Students taking this course are required to take ARTS 222 Paris: History, Image, Myth, Part I (3 credits) in Winter Term. It is strongly recommended that students take ARTS 120 Photography I prior to this course.

Program Fee (paid to W&L): $3040. This fee includes housing, two dinners, transportation within Paris, museum admissions and other activities for class.

Estimated Additional Expenses: $2,920 (airfare - $1,300; ground transportation - $100; meals - $1,400; Adobe CC Photography annual subscription for Lightroom and Photoshop - $120))

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