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Podcasts, class lectures and resources from Jeff Curto

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Podcasts, class lectures and resources from Jeff Curto

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His Quiet Passion

By Bil411 - Jan 30 2019
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I love this podcast. The host’s quiet passion always comes through, whether he’s talking about a street photographer or the early advent of a camera (the Brownie) marketed to kids. I always learn something new! I’m hooked.

Entertaining and informative

By Janthephotoman - Apr 02 2013
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Professor Curto brings the history of photography to life. Kudos!!!

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
62
6
2
1
7

His Quiet Passion

By Bil411 - Jan 30 2019
Read more
I love this podcast. The host’s quiet passion always comes through, whether he’s talking about a street photographer or the early advent of a camera (the Brownie) marketed to kids. I always learn something new! I’m hooked.

Entertaining and informative

By Janthephotoman - Apr 02 2013
Read more
Professor Curto brings the history of photography to life. Kudos!!!

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History of Photography Podcast

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Podcasts, class lectures and resources from Jeff Curto

Photo History Summer School – May 23

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Cornell Capa, the photojournalist and tireless advocate of humanistic photography died today, May 23, 2008. He was 90 years old. A great and committed photographer, Capa’s heartfelt images were often overshadowed by two other elements in his life. One was the photography of his brother, the pre-eminent war photographer Robert Capa. The other was the founding and early management of the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York, considered by many to be one of the most important photographic resources in the world.

Photographs (below) by Cornell Capa – click to enlarge

May 24 2008

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History of Photography Podcast 1 : Photo History 2.0

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Welcome to the History of Photography Podcast 2.0!

Having retired from my college teaching job, I’m no longer teaching the photo history class, but I have lots of other irons in the fire and want to continue the podcast with some new topics and ideas.

A complete semester of the History of Photography class will still be available online, as well as some other resources.

Links for this episode:

Jan 08 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 6 : Looking at Photographs

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John Szarkowski’s book Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art is one of the best ways to learn not only about the history of photography, but also about photography’s aesthetics as well. Szarkowski, the former Director of the Department of Photography at MOMA from 1962 to 1991, pairs 100 photographs with a brief and insightful essay. The combination of image and text causes the reader/viewer to go back and forth and as you look at each photograph repeatedly, you add to the richness of your own viewing.

Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski – Click to go to Amazon.com

Mar 09 2015

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Photo History – Class 5 – Photography as Transport + On The Road

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Photography as a form of transportation is the topic for class #5. We look at how the advent of wet-plate collodion technology spurred the advance of travel and landscape photography, with a special emphasis on photography of the American west. There is also a brief exploration of 20th century photographers who went “on the road” as well as a look at the way 21st Century technology like Google Earth, Gigapan and Photosynth are changing the way in which we are able to see the distant parts of the globe for ourselves.

Feb 14 2014

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Photo History – Class 11 – Women in Photography

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Is anatomy destiny? This class session looks at women’s photography by examining the work of various female photographers as well as by looking at the bigger issue of whether the photographer’s gender changes the images that are made.

Apr 12 2014

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History of Photography Podcast 5 : Gordon Parks

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Photographer Gordon Parks, born 1912 and died 2006, was one of the most important figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, race relations, poverty, civil rights and honest depictions of urban life, Parks’ work provides an amazing chronicle important aspects of American urban life in the last half of the 20th century.

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Gordon Parks: American Gothic, 1942

Feb 23 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 2 : Lisette Model

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Photographer Lisette Model, born in Vienna, Austria in 1901 and died 1983,  was an important street photographer of the early 20th century, defining much of what would be considered part of the street photographer’s aesthetic for decades to come.

The Gambler – Photograph by Lisette Model

Jan 13 2015

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Photo History – Class 12 – The Manipulative Impulse

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Is any photograph real? This question comes up as we trace the trajectory of the manipulated image in this class session. We also try to see if we can figure out where our digital photographic age is taking us and whether we want to go there.

Apr 18 2014

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Photo History – Class 13 – The Atomic Age and New Frontiers

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The middle of the 20th century was a time of tremendous change in all areas of the world and especially in the world of photography. This class session looks at the changes that photography experienced during the atomic age through an examination of the cultural, political and artistic climate of the time.

Apr 26 2014

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Photo History – Class 15 – Photograph as Document, Concept as Photograph

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The 15th and final class session examines documentary and conceptual photography, looking at the motivation and rationale behind them. We also try to tie up the ideas of the course with some concluding remarks.

May 09 2014

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Photo History – Class 14 – Szarkowski: How To See

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During his 29-year tenure as Director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the great curator and photographer John Szarkowski (1925 to 2007) changed the way the world saw photography.

This short class session introduces Szarkowski’s work and was followed by a film about him.

May 02 2014

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History of Photography Podcast 3 : The Family of Man

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When the exhibition The Family of Man opened in January of 1955, 60 years ago this month, visitors were greeted by more than 500 photographs and these words by the poet Carl Sandburg:

“People! Flung wide and far, born into toil, struggle, blood and dreams, among lovers, eaters, drinkers, workers, loafers, fighters, players, gamblers. Here are ironworkers, bridgemen, musicians, sandhogs, miners, builders of huts and skyscrapers, jungle hunters, landlords and the landless, the loved and the unloved, the lonely and the abandoned, the brutal and the compassionate-one big family hugging close to the ball of Earth for its life and being.”

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Jan 26 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 4 : James Van Der Zee

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Photographer James Van Der Zee was active from the 1920s through the late 1970s, working primarily in his native Harlem neighborhood in New York city.  Through his elegant portraits and images of social, religious and athletic groups, he created an intimate narrative about his community, showing the world a part of America that was rarely seen.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat – Photograph by James Van Der Zee

Feb 09 2015

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Photo History – Class 10 – Cameras Big and Small

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This week, we examine photographers using large cameras and those using small cameras and try to examine the importance of the choice of tools to the photographer. Does the tool drive the idea, or the idea drive the tool?

Mar 29 2014

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Photo History – Class 9 – Stieglitz and the Photo Secession

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One of the great characters in the history of the medium, Alfred Stieglitz was also one of the most influential photographers and promoters of photography of the 20th century. In this class, we look at Stieglitz and the group of photographers and other artists he gathered around him. We also try to examine why what Stieglitz did and what he said were often two different things.

Mar 20 2014

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Photo History – Class 6 – Photography and Painting

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The interactive relationship that painting and photography have had for 174 years is the topic of this class session. We attempt to look at how painting influenced photography and vice-versa. We also look briefly at how what photographs “look like” influence our understanding of what they are.

Feb 20 2014

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Photo History – Class 8 – Muybridge, Marey and the Movies

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Stop-motion photography as practiced by Edweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey and others is the topic of this class session. These scientific experiments ultimately led to the development of motion pictures by Edison.

Mar 12 2014

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Photo History – Class 7 – Stereography and Standard Subjects

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A slightly shorter class session, as we cover three smaller topics: 1) the ideas surrounding stereoscopic photography, 2) the way 19th century photographers handled photographing standard subjects; once you take away subject, what other choices do photographers have to make? and 3) Rephotography: how does subject matter change over time and what does that mean for photographers?

Feb 28 2014

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Photo History – Class 4 – Light and Likeness: Portrait Photography

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The 4th class meeting starts a more conceptual approach to the medium’s history. We look at 19th, 20th and some 21st century portraits and see if we can draw some conclusions about what makes a good portrait photograph. We also see if we can draw some parallels with the words and ideas of the Transcendentalist thinkers and writers Emerson and Thoreau and see if they can help us illuminate what portraiture means.

Feb 07 2014

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Photo History – Class 3 – History Survey Part 2

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In this second part of a two-part survey, we continue our fast trip through the history of photography, attempting to get a handle on who did what, when they did it and how it happened. We start in around 1880 and finish up in the 1990s.

Jan 31 2014

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History of Photography Podcast 11 : The Cyanotype

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The cyanotype was one of the earliest photographic processes and with its rich, blue color, remains one of the most beautiful. Invented in 1842 by the amazingly prolific Sir John Herschel, the easy-to-produce cyanotype lives on today in the darkrooms of many photographers and artists.

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Anna Atkins (1799-1871).
Papaver rhoeas. Paper watermarked 1845.
Cyanotype from the Atkins-Dixon album presented by Anne Dixon to her nephew in 1861.
Image from A History of Women Photographers, published by Abbeville Press.

Oct 06 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 10 : The Kodak Brownie

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The Kodak Brownie camera was one of the most popular cameras in the history of photography. The Brownie popularized low-cost photography and introduced the concept of the snapshot to a public eager to preserve their personal and family memories. With its simple controls and initial price of $1, it was intended to be a camera that anyone could afford and use.

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The Kodak Brownie

Jul 28 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 9 : Latent Image and Immediate Image

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When light sensitive material is exposed to light, a chemical change happens, but this change isn’t necessarily visible. This idea is perhaps part of why early photographers – and early viewers of photographic images – had a hard time with the concept of the latent image, yet it was one of the most important components of the technology of photography in its infancy.

Jun 02 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 8 : Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky

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The photographs of pioneer color photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944) give us a remarkable view into a world that is now lost – the Russian Empire just before the Russian Revolution and World War I. In this podcast we explore both Prokudin-Gorsky’s photographs and the unique tri-color photographic technique he employed to create them.

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Peasant Girls – Three young women offer berries to visitors to their izba, a traditional wooden house, in a rural area along the Sheksna River, near the town of Kirillov. Photograph by Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky

Apr 22 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 7 : Tina Modotti

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Tina Modotti (1896 – 1942) was an Italian photographer who was most active in Mexico between 1923 and 1930. Known for her romantic and business relationship with Edward Weston and her friendships with Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo and other Mexican artists, Modotti was also a political activist during the Mexican Revolution and beyond.

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Tina Modotti
Mexican sombrero with hammer and sickle
1927

Apr 07 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 6 : Looking at Photographs

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John Szarkowski’s book Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art is one of the best ways to learn not only about the history of photography, but also about photography’s aesthetics as well. Szarkowski, the former Director of the Department of Photography at MOMA from 1962 to 1991, pairs 100 photographs with a brief and insightful essay. The combination of image and text causes the reader/viewer to go back and forth and as you look at each photograph repeatedly, you add to the richness of your own viewing.

Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski – Click to go to Amazon.com

Mar 09 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 5 : Gordon Parks

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Photographer Gordon Parks, born 1912 and died 2006, was one of the most important figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, race relations, poverty, civil rights and honest depictions of urban life, Parks’ work provides an amazing chronicle important aspects of American urban life in the last half of the 20th century.

Links for this episode:

Gordon Parks: American Gothic, 1942

Feb 23 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 4 : James Van Der Zee

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Photographer James Van Der Zee was active from the 1920s through the late 1970s, working primarily in his native Harlem neighborhood in New York city.  Through his elegant portraits and images of social, religious and athletic groups, he created an intimate narrative about his community, showing the world a part of America that was rarely seen.

Links for this episode:

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Photograph by James Van Der Zee

Feb 09 2015

Play

History of Photography Podcast 3 : The Family of Man

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Read more

When the exhibition The Family of Man opened in January of 1955, 60 years ago this month, visitors were greeted by more than 500 photographs and these words by the poet Carl Sandburg:

“People! Flung wide and far, born into toil, struggle, blood and dreams, among lovers, eaters, drinkers, workers, loafers, fighters, players, gamblers. Here are ironworkers, bridgemen, musicians, sandhogs, miners, builders of huts and skyscrapers, jungle hunters, landlords and the landless, the loved and the unloved, the lonely and the abandoned, the brutal and the compassionate-one big family hugging close to the ball of Earth for its life and being.”

Links for this episode:

Jan 26 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 2 : Lisette Model

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Photographer Lisette Model, born in Vienna, Austria in 1901 and died 1983,  was an important street photographer of the early 20th century, defining much of what would be considered part of the street photographer’s aesthetic for decades to come.

The Gambler – Photograph by Lisette Model

Jan 13 2015

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History of Photography Podcast 1 : Photo History 2.0

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Welcome to the History of Photography Podcast 2.0!

Having retired from my college teaching job, I’m no longer teaching the photo history class, but I have lots of other irons in the fire and want to continue the podcast with some new topics and ideas.

A complete semester of the History of Photography class will still be available online, as well as some other resources.

Links for this episode:

Jan 08 2015

Play

Photo History – Class 15 – Photograph as Document, Concept as Photograph

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Read more

The 15th and final class session examines documentary and conceptual photography, looking at the motivation and rationale behind them. We also try to tie up the ideas of the course with some concluding remarks.

May 09 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 14 – Szarkowski: How To See

Podcast cover
Read more

During his 29-year tenure as Director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the great curator and photographer John Szarkowski (1925 to 2007) changed the way the world saw photography.

This short class session introduces Szarkowski’s work and was followed by a film about him.

May 02 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 13 – The Atomic Age and New Frontiers

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Read more

The middle of the 20th century was a time of tremendous change in all areas of the world and especially in the world of photography. This class session looks at the changes that photography experienced during the atomic age through an examination of the cultural, political and artistic climate of the time.

Apr 26 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 12 – The Manipulative Impulse

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Read more

Is any photograph real? This question comes up as we trace the trajectory of the manipulated image in this class session. We also try to see if we can figure out where our digital photographic age is taking us and whether we want to go there.

Apr 18 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 11 – Women in Photography

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Read more

Is anatomy destiny? This class session looks at women’s photography by examining the work of various female photographers as well as by looking at the bigger issue of whether the photographer’s gender changes the images that are made.

Apr 12 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 10 – Cameras Big and Small

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Read more

This week, we examine photographers using large cameras and those using small cameras and try to examine the importance of the choice of tools to the photographer. Does the tool drive the idea, or the idea drive the tool?

Mar 29 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 9 – Stieglitz and the Photo Secession

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Read more

One of the great characters in the history of the medium, Alfred Stieglitz was also one of the most influential photographers and promoters of photography of the 20th century. In this class, we look at Stieglitz and the group of photographers and other artists he gathered around him. We also try to examine why what Stieglitz did and what he said were often two different things.

Mar 20 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 8 – Muybridge, Marey and the Movies

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Read more

Stop-motion photography as practiced by Edweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey and others is the topic of this class session. These scientific experiments ultimately led to the development of motion pictures by Edison.

Mar 12 2014

Play

Photo History – Class 7 – Stereography and Standard Subjects

Podcast cover
Read more

A slightly shorter class session, as we cover three smaller topics: 1) the ideas surrounding stereoscopic photography, 2) the way 19th century photographers handled photographing standard subjects; once you take away subject, what other choices do photographers have to make? and 3) Rephotography: how does subject matter change over time and what does that mean for photographers?

Feb 28 2014

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