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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP4066836, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0615, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHOTOJOURNALISM
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LEONARDO BONOLLO 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-ART/06 Cinema, Photography and Television 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Students must have some knowledge of the history and of the technical evolution of the photographic world as well as a good knowledge of the main historical events of the recent past which went on with the development of photography from its invention till now.
Target skills and knowledge: knowledge:
The development of the genre from the first reporting applications to the latest use in electronic publishing. (The precursors and the birth of the genre)
The organization of the reportages and the distribution of the images. (The photographic construction of the world and the "recognition universes")
The main photo agencies and their specific characteristics. (From photojournalist to global editor: the market of images in the WEB)
"Freelancer" and "embedded": The new role of the photojournalist. (The war in the photographer's viewfinder)
Some key concepts for the photographic image decoding (Behind the camera: the deconstruction of the image)

Designing a photojournalistic service
supporting a text with images
Selecting images according to specific communicative goals
Decoding and deconstructing an image
Evaluating critically a campaign /a communicative strategy
Examination methods: There will be an oral exam. Candidates attending the course will be allowed to start presenting a personal work agreed upon with the professor.
Assessment criteria: Criteria of evaluation:
Knowledge of the topics
Personal study
Critical and analytical skills
Operative autonomy
Course unit contents: The course aims to approach students to a critical understanding of the history of photojournalism through the analysis of the most recognized shapes and personalities that have marked the evolution of photographic representation in the journalistic communication. Starting with some reflections on the characteristics of photographic representation, the course will lead the student to the heart of the current debate that links information and ideology, technique and aesthetics, political and historical truth with the use of journalistic images. Born to inform, to witness and denounce, the journalistic image now produces more ejection rather than indignation, more addiction rather than participation, more acquittal rather than condemnation. On the basis of these considerations, the course will analyze some examples of the most recent conflicts to understand how images have taken on a new role, creating a parallel scenario that nowadays we use to call "the war of images".
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Activities of learning and methodologies of teaching:
Vision of photographic repertoires
Vision of video interviews and documentaries
Archive research
Laboratory for the realization of a personal portfolio
Additional notes about suggested reading: The reference texts for the study are reported in the below bibliography, any handouts will be provided directly by the professor in the classroom. At the end of the course the lecturer will make accessible all the visual materials presented during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Susan Sontag, Regarding the pain of Others. New York: Pigador - Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vilèm Flusser, Toward a Philosophy of Photography. London: Reaktion Books, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • William J. T. Mitchell, Cloning Terror: the war of images, 9/11 to the present.. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo