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Images as Primary Sources

sample illustrations: photograph, advertisement, cartoon

Photographs, drawings and other images provide information you can't always get from a text source. Images can provide details of everyday life such as clothing or material culture.

It is important to keep in mind that photographs are not an unbiased reflection of reality -- the photographer chooses what and how to depict a certain scene.

Help: Making Sense of Documentary PhotographsAnalyzing Photographs,  Analyzing Political CartoonsAnalyzing Material Culture,  Making Sense of Films,  and Making Sense of Advertisement