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Classy Classes: ARTHIST 158S: ‘From Iconography to Instagram’

In ARTHIST 158S: “From Iconography to Instagram,” students learn how art and history have progressed together, as well as how to analyze and interpret an image. Taught by Michael Metzger, a Ph.D. candidate in Art and Art History, the class explores various icons and art movements from the 16th century to the present day, with a strong emphasis on student involvement.

The declining significance of the shock photograph

This is because the images simply aren’t moving enough. It’s not that they do not elicit empathy. It’s not that they do not depict awful abuses. It is simply the case that we are so accustomed to graphic and gruesome images that they don’t have the same impact that they did, as did Jacob Riis’ photos with How the Other Half Lives motivate action and government reform.