Unit 7 Overview:
Time, Motion, & Kodak

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This unit explores the 19th century intersection of photography, art, and science. You will examine specific applications of photography to represent time and motion that contributed to the birth of the motion picture. Also included is a thoughtful examination of the popularity of Kodak cameras in the 1890s, the proliferation of "snapshots" or vernacular photography and the rise of the amateur photographer.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this learning unit, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the contributions of key photographers who used the medium of photography to represent time and motion.
  2. Discuss the relationship between still photography and the birth of the motion picture, citing specific photographic devices that played a role in connecting these two mediums.
  3. Explain how Kodak's motto and marketing strategies impacted its success with transforming photography into an everyday activity for the masses.
  4. Discuss how hand held cameras and "snapshot" (vernacular) photography impacted the way people related to each other, their past, and their local and distant environments.

What's Next?

Open the "Content & Activities" folder and dig into your assignments for this week's unit. Keep up the hard work and stay on track, folks. I know you're hitting the mid-semester lag!