Masters of Photography

Research Project Objective:

Name:

Research and analyze the work of a master photographer in order to understand the techniques, concepts, and themes they explore. You will demonstrate your understanding by analyzing a photograph by your artist, identifying techniques and concepts within that work and shooting a roll of film following the same objectives, creating a Mahara page to be shared in class based on the life and work of your Master Photographer.

Part 1: Mahara Page
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(100 points) - Due:

Create [AND SHARE!] a page on Mahara dedicated to your Master Photographer: Include a minimum of 10 images, and try to make your page informative, eye-catching, and legible. On the page you need to include a timeline for your photographer of important dates pertaining to: their birth, education, where they lived, relationships or art movements, exhibitions, other world events that are important to their time, and death (if applicable). Include what themes this artist explores in their work (time, the human form, street life, family, nature, etc.). Include historical information about your photographer, how they got into photography, what they are known for or have contributed to photography, maybe quotes from the artist. ALL SOURCES NEED TO BE CITED WITH THE BOOK OR ARTICLE TITLE, OR THE WEBSITE ADDRESS.

After you have shot your roll of film, you will add your 3 best prints (scanned from the negatives) that embody your photographerʼs style, and discuss how you interpreted their style.

Part 2: Feldman’s Method

(50 points) - Due:

Somewhere on your Mahara page, analyze one work by your Master Photographer and include “Feldmans” in the title of that image box. The work you choose should represent what interests you about your masterʼs work. Use Feldmanʼs Method to Describe, Analyze, Interpret, and Judge the work. For each response give specific examples from the artwork, be as detailed as possible, and explain why you came to the conclusion you did in complete sentences. Make sure to include: a clear, high-quality image of the photograph; the title, date, and the medium (what kind of photo process is it?)

Describe
• physically describe the photograph • 3 most important elements of art in the photograph (line, color, shape, value, form, space, texture)

Analyze
• 3 most important PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION • how are the elements used to show these? • what compositional elements have been used?

Interpret
• what is the artist communicating? what themes or meaning is the photographer exploring? • how does the technique/ composition of the photograph support the photographerʼs ideas?

Judge
• add one of YOUR images from this roll • compare the elements of art and the P.O.C • compare the meaning or themes in your work to those of your masterʼs work

Part 3: Shooting assignment

(100 points) - Due:

Shoot a roll of film in the style of your Master Photographer. Consider the techniques they have used and the themes, concepts, or ideas they explore in their work. Pay close attention to their subjects, lighting situations, and the mood they create in their photographs. Although you can - if you want to - try to recreate specific photographs taken by your Master Photographer, the point is more to identify why that photographerʼs work inspires you, and then to use that inspiration You will create a rubric on your own that will explain what your objective will be based on the work of your master photographer. You will turn in this rubric along with your 3 best prints with test strips!

Part 4: Presentation

(50 points) – Due: ! !

Presentations given:

Finally, you will give a presentation to the class about your photographer. This will simply be you speaking about your Master Photographer, using your finished Mahara page as a visual resource. Your Mahara page will be projected in class for you to refer to. Donʼt panic - the presentation should be a totally low-stress experience! This is a great opportunity for us to learn about some of these photographers!

The Masters of Photography
Berenice Abbott Ansel Adams Diane Arbus Eugène Atget Richard Avedon Richard Barnes Bernd & Hilla Becher Karl Blossfeldt Bill Brandt Margaret Bourke-White Wynn Bullock Harry Callahan William Christenberry Henri Cartier-Bresson John Coplans Imogen Cunningham Gregory Crewdson Robert Doisneau William Eggleston Elliott Erwitt Walker Evans Robert Frank Lee Friedlander Emmet Gowin Jan Groover John Gutmann Andreas Gursky David Hilliard Ernst Haas André Kertész William Klein Josef Koudelka Barbara Kruger Dorothea Lange Clarence John Laughlin Annie Liebovitz Helen Levitt Vivian Maier Sally Mann Mary Ellen Mark Ralph Eugene Meatyard Duane Michals Lisette Model Tina Modotti Abelardo Morell Eadweard Muybridge James Nachtwey Arnold Newman Paul Outerbridge Robert & Shana ParkHarrison Gordon Parks Irving Penn Man Ray Sebastião Salgado Victor Shrager Cindy Sherman Aaron Siskind Sandy Skoglund Mike & Doug Starn Edward Steichen Alfred Stieglitz Joel Sternfeld Paul Strand Josef Sudek Hiroshi Sugimoto George Tice Jerry Uelsmann Jeff Wall Weegee Edward Weston Minor White Garry Winogrand Francesca Woodman

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