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Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century

The Camera Never Lies

This course is a short taster on the topic of the use of Images, Film, and their use in historical interpretation in the 20th century. It is primarily provided for those who have a general interest in history that draws on photojournalism as primary evidence, and films based on historical events. Once you have completed this course we hope you will be equipped to: Appreciate the significance of photographs as historical evidence in the twentieth century. Understand the limitations of the medium, and how we can attribute meaning to these individual records of 'one moment in time' while taking into account the circumstances in which any particular image was taken. Understand how individuals and institutions have looked to manipulate images to their own ends – through alteration and/or censorship – and what that meant to contemporary interpretation, as well as subsequent historical interpretation. Put individual images into a wider context, and in particular with reference to history written, or portrayed, beyond academia: public history. Do be aware that part of the contents of this course regard images and depiction of war. Real wars and real images.

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Rating 3.3 based on 26 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts May 25 (8 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of London, Royal Holloway, University of London via Coursera
Instructors Dr Emmett Sullivan, Dilara Scholz
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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too much in 2 reviews

Don't expect too much camera action but pics & endless comments on wars.

Nevertheless, it often focuses too much in the context of historical events to finally discuss a single picture for just 5 minutes.

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Rating 3.3 based on 26 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts May 25 (8 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of London, Royal Holloway, University of London via Coursera
Instructors Dr Emmett Sullivan, Dilara Scholz
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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