• 13 Oct
    05 Nov

    Aesthetics, Criticism and Theory (ACT)

    Jan Babnik


Image: Harris & Ewing, 9-lens aerial mapping camera made by the Fairchild Aerial Camera Corp. for the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey. 1936. American Library of Congress

From the early belief in photography as the magical emanation of reality to the contemporary belief in its dissolution into pure data, to become information embedded in the algorithmic apparatus, through the course of its history, photography has undergone several key mutations and with them profound changes of its understanding. The notion of what, how and where photography is, is becoming more and more obscure today. Through the writings of prominent scholars such as Vilém Flusser, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Andre Bazin, Jacques Rancière, Martha Rosler, and Allan Sekula, we will re-examine foundational concepts in photographic theory such as iconicity, indexicality, connotation, profilmic and several others over eight postgraduate seminars.

Special attention will be given to the relationship between photography and discourse. How does theoretical discourse form and frame its objects? How is photography itself caught in-between being an object, process, image, and discourse; something we conceptualize, practice, observe, participate in, look through and look at?

Through key texts and examples from literature, art and myriad photographic practices, seminar participants will reach a better understanding of photography and be invited to critically reflect on the genesis of the core concepts through which it is framed. Reading before class and being prepared for discussion is a requirement.

Classes mainly on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Eligibility: Graduation Degree

Admission Requirements: 

  • A copy of your last degree certificate
  • A 100 - 150 words Bio 
  • A passport-size photograph

International students can email us at info@jp-india.org for registration. We will provide our bank details to enable the transfer of course fees. After making the transfer, please email all details of the transfer to us. At this point, international students cannot sign up for courses directly from our website. This issue will be addressed soon!

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before registering.

Duration -

October 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 ; November 3, 5, 2020

Timing: 6:00 - 8:30 PM


Rs. 7,500

Registrations Closed

Jan Babnik

Jan Babnik

Dr. Jan Babnik is an editor, curator, lecturer and writer. He is editor in chief of Membrana and Fotografija (www.membrana.org), a Slovenian based journal on photography, and director of Membrana Institute, which publishes the journal, runs educational modules on photography theory and criticism and organises exhibitions. He is engaged primarily with photographic theory, specifically documentary photography, discourse on photography and the philosophy of visual culture. He has edited numerous translations of theoretical works on photography into the Slovenian language and, as a writer, collaborated with several publishing houses and participated in various international conferences on photography. Babnik has been a guest lecturer at Slovenian universities, including the Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology and the University of Ljubljana. He holds an MPhil in History of Philosophy and Phenomenology from the University of Ljubljana and a PhD in Philosophy of Visual Culture from the University of Primorska.