74841 - History and Concepts of Photography (1)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Fashion Cultures and Practices (cod. 9064)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has historical and critical knowledge about the developments of visual arts and photography in the XX century; he is able to analyse and interpret the strategy of the world of the communication in which photography plays a central role.

Course contents

From the invention of Photography to the aesthehtics experiences of the XXth century between art and fashion. Special focuses will be dedicated to:

  • The invention and the pioneers of photography
  • Photography vs Painting
  • Origins and Theoretical and cultural contest around the birth of Photography
  • Photography and the birth of the Modern Fashion Icons


Mandatory texts for attending and non attending students:


  • F. Muzzarelli, L'invenzione del fotografico. Storia e idee della fotografia dell'ottocento, Einaudi, Torino 2014.
  • C. Marra, Fotografia e pittura nel Novecento (e oltre), Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2012. Only Chapters: 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  • Database of pictures (downloading from AMS Campus - Teaching Materials)

  • Other drafts and materials downloading form the web site



Teaching methods

Frontal lesson

Powerpoint and readings of pictures


Assessment methods

Written Test

The test is based on 16 questions with 4 possible answers.  

There are three typology of question:

- Recognition of the name of the authors of some pictures chosen from the database (see above).

- Questions about history of photography of XIX and XX century.

- Questions about history of fashion photography and informations about poetics, protagonists and authors described in bibliography.


Teaching tools

PPt and Video

Office hours

See the website of Federica Muzzarelli


Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.