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BIS 331: Journalism and Media History (Hsu): Photograph & Photographer

Photograph and Photographer

Photograph and Photographer: Who took the picture and why?, where and when did it appear? What are its key characteristics or visual features?

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange's Childen of the Weill public school photo

Image: Lange, Dorothea. Children of the Weill public school, from the so-called international settlement, shown in a flag pledge ceremony. 1942. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.,  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a19322. Accessed 12 Apr. 2017.

Analyze the photograph

Analyze your photograph by answering the questions on the worksheet below.

Research the photographer

Use the reference databases below to find biographical information about your photographer.

Remember: in these databases you should search for the photographer's name and not the name of the specific photo.

Example searches:

  • "Dorothea Lange"
  • "Eddie Adams" or "Edward Adams"

If your photographer is not included in the databases above, you can try searching Google or Wikipedia to find if the photographer has an official website that has some biographical information.

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