Posted: January 20th, 2021
1.5 – 2 written pages, double spaced, 12 pt font
The purpose of these assignments is to get you in front of some good photographs and have you really examine them. Once you’ve looked, I’m interested in having you tell me what you have seen, and how that impacts you as someone who is interested in photography. If you don’t look closely and examine the photographs, you can’t do well on these assignments.
Write this “Think Piece” about one particular photograph. The photograph must be one from the 19th Century (made before 1900), but you are otherwise free to select any image you would like to write about. Examine the photograph carefully and write about what you see and what the photograph makes you think about. The 2nd “Think Piece” paper will be on a photograph from the 20th or 21st Century.
Each paper will be broken up into three sections. In the first section you will describe the image in detail as though your reader has never seen it. You will also include the title, photographer’s name, year it was created, and the process used.
In the second section you will need to address and write about the following:
• What do you think was the intention of the photographer? What were they trying to communicate?
• Does the technical quality of the image (or lack thereof) help or hinder the success of the photograph? • How does the camera position / angle affect the outcome of the image?
• Why does this picture interest you?
In the third section of your paper detail the historical/ cultural/ social significance of the photograph. This essentially means look up the significance or historical relevance of the image (like we discussed today the ‘Fading Away photograph by HP Robinson).
The image you are writing about should be included as an embedded image in your paper.
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