The goal of this course is to analyze the role and history of photography and its relationship with the written word in writers working in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course first answers the questions: What is a photograph? How is it read? We will follow the history of Latin American photography, from its beginnings in the decade of 1830 to the present, and follow readings engaging the tension of the photograph as a historical document or as an artistic work. The main role of the course, however, is to see how photographs affect writing; we will read texts where photography is the main concern (but where no photographs appear) and texts that play on the page with the relationship between image and word. Several main themes are discussed: photography and history, photography and archive, photography and madness, photography and sexuality.