90881 - Photography and Visual Culture

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, especially for what is concerning Fashion system, in which photography plays a central role.

Course contents

After an initial overview of the main historical and theoretical issues related to the affirmation of fashion photography, within the wider twentieth-century artistic and aesthetic context, the course will focus on two themes: on the analysis of the main sources of inspiration for the imaginary of the visual communication of fashion (memory, voyeurism and fantastic fiction), and on the birth and meaning of the phenomenon of the fashion icon through photography




Mandatory texts for attending and non attending students:
    1. F. Muzzarelli, Lee Miller and Man Ray: Photography, Fashion, Art, Atlante, Bologna 2016.

    2. F. Muzzarelli, Moderne Icone di Moda. La costruzione fotografica del mito, Einaudi, Torino 2013 (available on the elearning website).
    3. Muzzarelli, L'immagine del desiderio. Fotografia di moda tra arte e comunicazione, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2007 (available on the elearning website).

      • C. Marra, Nelle ombre di un sogno. Storia e idee della fotografia di moda, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2004
      • Pictures available on the elearning website for the recognition test (see below)


    Teaching methods

    Frontal lesson, reflection and comments about pictures and video

    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 fashion icons and informations about poetics, protagonists and authors described in bibliography.

    - Questions about the principal theoretical and critical issues about fashion photography analyzed 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.