Mosaic and Entanglement: Photographic Histories in Europe from 1950–2000
Europe in the 20th century doesn’t have one single history of photography, but rather a whole spectrum of movements and photographic practices occurring in different contexts. These histories range from national to diasporic, political to intimate, chance to staged, photograms to C-prints. In this course we’ll examine the work of individual photographers from different eras and regions who were either part of a large network or else working predominantly on their own — among them Luigi Ghirri, Eva Besnyő, Josef Sudek, Michael Schmidt, Alberto García Alix, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Christer Strömholm, and Rineke Dijkstra. Through lecture, discussion, creative exercises, readings and photographic assignments, you’ll broaden your understanding of the various conditions under which photographs were taken and the endless possibilities of creatively engaging with photography. This course is for photographers and general art audiences alike, whether you want to be inspired to try new directions in your own work, or simply leave with an expanded knowledge of the field.
Dortje Fink is an art and photography historian, educator, cultural organizer and podcaster based in Berlin. With academic training at Humboldt University in Berlin and Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, her research interests involve photographic archives, exhibition histories, lens-based media art, visual culture, biases of canonization, and decentering the history of photography. Her deep engagement with works of Carrie Mae Weems, Philip Kwame Apagya, Boris Mikhailov, Martin Chambi, Nickolas Muray, and Manfred Paul has inspired her writing, which has been published in exhibition catalogues and magazines. Since 2014, she has been working with C/O Berlin — an exhibition space dedicated to photography and visual media. She hosts, along with Julia Wolf, the German podcast “rein theoretisch – Fotografisches mit Fink&Wolf” about photographs whose visibility is restricted for a variety of reasons.Dortje teaches the history of photography for StrudelmediaLive.