Master Photographer Research

Master Photographer:

Name: Period:

Step 1: Researching your photographer / visual handout (50 pts)
You presentation will accompanied by a visual handout for your classmates. - Must include at least 3 high quality images with the title and date. - Must include responses to the questions below (in complete sentences). - Design the page, even if you have to do it by hand first - Consider legibility (spacing, font size, typeface etc.) - Must have enough copies for class -period 3 - 25 - period 6 - 20 - Include a bibliography at least 3 reliable sources - at least 1 book - at least 1 online source (not wikipedia) - Maximum of 2 pages, or 1 page front and back - Due the day of your presentation Biography: 1. When and where was this person born? 2. What type of education did this person have? 3. What personal events occurred in the photographers life that affected his / her art? 4. What did this person do before or after he / she was a photographer? 5. Why was this person a photographer? occupation? hobby? About the photography: 1. How would you describe the style of the photographer? 2. When was this person first introduced into photography? How did they discover it? 3. What or whom influenced this photographer? 4. How do these influences appear in the photographers work? Historical Connections: 1. What major contributions did this person have to the general public? The photography world? (at least 2) 2. Identify an art movement and or a publication your photographer is affiliated with. (examples: dadaism, pop art, surrealism etc. ; life magazine, New york times etc.) 3. How did being involved with this movement affect your photographers work? Think of ideas, or approaches, even other artists. 4. What other artists / photographers did your person associate himself / herself with?

Step 2: Critically analyzing a photograph using Feldman’s Method (30 pts)
Find 5 works by your photographer. You will need to print them off and neatly glue them onto a journal page. Each work must be labeled with the title and date, high quality and at least 2 x 3 inches. After you have found 5 works, you must select a single work that you would want to analyze. - On a second journal page (or on the computer), print out and paste the image you are going to be analyzing. Use feldman’s method of art critiquing (described below) to analyze your photograph.

Describe the photograph by identifying the visual characteristics that you see. What is in the photo? What elements of art is the photographer utilizing? (line, shape, color, value, texture, space).

Analyze the design of the photograph by identifying principles of composition and principles of design. Use the elements of art that you described above to help justify your argument.

Interpret the photograph by trying to find the meaning of it. Identify how the composition emphasizes the photographers meaning.

Evaluate the photo deciding on its value. Is it “masterful”? Is it successful in communicating a message? If not, what
could be changed to make it a successful print?

Step 3: Digital Presentation of your master photographer (30 pts)
You will be required to give a presentation educating your peers on your photographer. This will basically be a synopsis of step 1 (handout). You will talk about the importance of your photographer, major contributions, etc. Please view grading criteria below: 1. 5-8 images of your photographers work along with dates and titles. Feel free to include other images that will help with your presentation 2. Clarity of your presentation - Know your information, do not read off of the screen. Do not use too much text. Use high quality images. 3. Quality of information - You are educating your peers on your photographer. Be confident in what you are talking about. 4. Minimum of 3 minutes, maximum of 6 minutes. The day before your presentation, bring in your presentation to make sure it is compatible / works on the schools computers.

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