New Course: The Camera Never Lies – Intro

I am “taking” a University of London course at Coursera, titled “The Camera Never Lies”. Just like with the other course, I will probably not get the verified certificate for $49, but will listen to all the lectures, do all the assignments and participate in the online discussions. Here is the information about it form the course’s public page:

About the Course

This short history course is an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical adoptions as public history.

Cover for Mary Warner Marien: Photography: A Cultural History, 4th Edn. 2014.Course Syllabus

Week 1: The Camera Never Lies – Introduction
Week 2: Images and History in the Twentieth Century
Week 3: The Air-Brushing of History: Stalin and Falsification
Week 4: Photojournalism, Authenticity and Matters of Public Acceptability – The Battle of Mogadishu
Week 5: The Power of the Image – Mount Suribachi, 1945
Week 6: From Page to Screen – Film as Public History

Suggested Readings

To give a background perspective to the course, participants may wish to consult:
Mary Warner Marien: Photography: A Cultural History, 4th Edn. 2014.

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