[F]ew people have a sound knowledge of the history of photography, how it started, the many processes that have now culminated in the digital world. But the past can teach us the many genres, aesthetics, ethics and immense value of recording the passage of time. If anything, it is important to know were we have all been before we can establish were we are going now. Your own photography will greatly benefit from this concise insight into an exciting past.
This three-hour succinct presentation of the history of the medium has an emphasis on the stylistic movements of the past centuries, as well as its processes. As photographers living and working in the post-modernism period of the medium, it is crucial to know how photography evolved, both in terms of technology as well as creatively. It can be argued, and well supported, that nothing we do today is new, or has not been done successfully before, sometimes over 150 years ago. By understanding the traits, styles and intentions of the past and contemporary masters of the medium, we can clearly establish influences that will drive our own creative efforts, and help us in the process to ground ourselves in these most exciting times we live in. If anything, it is important to know were we have all been before we can establish were we are going now.