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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Photography Theory


Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 4

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



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1. General information on photography, the role of the photographer, photographic practices and theoretical reflection on photography

3. Basic rules of photographic composition.

3. Photographic Image in communication.

3.1 Photojournalism, product photography, advertising photography and the scientific photography.

4. The relationship of photography with the performing arts.

6. Documents and transfiguration of the real.

7. The Photograph in the first half of the twentieth century

8. Presence of contemporary art.

9. The photographic art practices, the visual test, the relation of conceptual art to photography.

10.  Verbal photo, the relationship of photography with text in conceptual art, artistic design and its context in the sense of image.

11. Anti-photographers, the reinvention of the media, appropriation, amateur interest in photography, file and advertising

12. Picture as a tool.

13. The relationship of photography with the performing arts (dance, music and theater) and performance art


It is intended that the student holds critical analysis capabilities to any type of photographic image, acquire sufficient knowledge to place an image in a given socio-temporal context, demonstrate the basic knowledge to carry out a research project on a topic addressed in classes or about an author to its choice and finally the basic theoretical skills in order to make the project / portfolio in the discipline of the next semester: Photographic Practice.


Teaching methodologies and assessment

Practical and theoretical lessons will be developed with an explanation of each point of the program, always supported with image projection.

The final evaluation is based on the student evolution during the course of the semester (attendance, punctuality, interest and participation) by two time points:

The first is based on a research and critical work, date to define afterwards; the second is an oral presentation of the research work.

Paper works that haven¿t been properly monitored will not be accepted.


BAURET, Gabriel. A Fotografia: história, estilos, tendências, aplicações. Edições 70, Colecção Arte & Comunicação. Lisboa, 2000.
FRIZOT, Michel. A New History of Photography. Ed. Köneman. Colónia, 1998.
LANGFORD, Michael. Fotografia Básica. Edições Dinalivro. Lisboa, 1996
MANNONI, Laurent. A Grande Arte da Luz e da Sombra. Arqueologia do Cinema. Senac Editora. São Paulo, 2003.
Bibliografia Secundária:
ARISTARCO, Guido e Teresa. O novo mundo das imagens electrónicas. Edições 70, Colecção Arte & Comunicação. Lisboa, 2005.

JEFFREY, Ian: ¿Photography ¿ A Concise History¿, Thames & Hudson, London, 2010 (1981).

SONTAG, Susan: ¿On Photography¿, edição Penguin Books, 2008 (1979)*

V.A.: ¿The Photography Reader¿, editado por Liz Wells, Routhledge, London, 2002.


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