The Lesson (what to share with students)
As a photographer and artist, it is important to look at other work in order to learn, gain inspiration, and develop an appreciation for photography as an art. Using the Internet, research a photographer from history (any time period) and answer the questions at the bottom. Choose a person whose work you enjoy or can relate to. If you don’t know where to begin, use a search engine (google, yahoo, excite) and search for “famous photographers". Here are some photographers you may want to check out but are not limited to:
- Milton Rogovin
- Dorothea Lange
- Cindy Sherman (feminist artist)
- Ruth Orkin
- Timothy O’ Sullivan
- Edward Weston
- Alfred Stieglitz (once married to painter O’Keefe)
- Laszlo Maholy-Nagy
- Sandy Skoglund
- Man Ray
- Ansel Adams
- Matthew Brady (civil war photographer)
- Bill Brandt
- Robert Capa
- Diane Arbus
- Eugene Atget
- David Bailey
- Kim Anderson
- Arthur Fellig
Still can’t find one? Check out this website for inspiration: World's Famous Photos
Find information to answer these questions:
- Who is the photographer you researched?
- What date or period of time and were they famous or well known?
- What was going on in the rest of the world at this time?
- What country are they from?
- Was this artist educated or trained in photo or did they start as a hobby or job?
- What was the artist primarily known for, photographing, or what was their main subject?
- Did this artist use any special techniques or methods?
- What do you like about their work?
- What is one interesting fact you learned about their life?
- What can you learn from this artist?
- What Internet sites did you get your information from?
You'll want to save several examples of the photographer’s work and add one picture of your photographer to your network space or disk to use for part two of this project. Pay close attention to question #11 and keep track of the websites you get your information & photos from. CITE YOUR SOURCES! (http://www.google.com) is not enough. You need to write specific sites!
Using the information you learned in questions 1-11, you will use Microsoft Publisher to create a newsletter about the photographer you researched. Include examples of the artist’s work and websites that other people may use to find more information about this artist.
- One newsletter “story" should be a biography about your chosen photographer. This should not be copied from a source but a culmination of the information you researched in questions (1-7).
- A second “story" should reflect why you chose this artist using questions researched in (8-11).
- Your newsletter should include a minimum of 2 examples of this artist’s work and one picture of the artist.
- Your newsletter must include websites where you got your research and/or where someone else could find information about your photographer.
You can use a pre-made newsletter template in Publisher or design your own. The templates in Publisher are also customizable so that you can change the font style, size of fonts, and pictures in them. Please ask for help!
What you will hand in:
- the answers to questions 1-11 typed
- 2 copies of a newsletter created in Microsoft Publisher about your researched photographer