Photography

|Photojournalism| |Photographers and Collections of Photographs|

Photojournalism

Analyzing Photos and Prints
This 1-page teacher guide offers questions for students who are analyzing a photograph. From the U. S. Library of Congress, requires Adobe Reader for access.

Beginning Photography for Student Publications
Students gain the necessary skills to shoot effective photos and to process prints suitable for use in student publications by photographing other students. This project used a combination of demonstrations, group discussions, lectures, slide shows, assignments, and lab work.

The Candid Camera: Creating Photo Essays That Keep It Real
In this lesson plan from the New York Times, "will consider the contexts in which photographs are taken and create original photo essays on topics of their choice."

Communication Through Photography
Designed for grade 8, students write a caption and an article to go with a newspaper photograph.

Critical Lenses
Students examine several iconic photographs and those featured in the Times Lens blog to generate criteria for what makes for a great photograph. They then use a selected Lens post as a model to create their own photo essays for exhibition in a classroom show.

The dos and don'ts of photo editing
Tips for what is and isn't acceptable in editing, writing captions, more.

From Galleys to Galleries: Assessing the Artistry in Photojournalism
Students consider Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism and photograph-based iconic images, such as Shepard Fairey's poster of Barack Obama. They then develop their own photo-based images and write artists' statements and photograph analyses.

The Impact of Images: Considering the Place of Photojournalism Today
In this lesson, to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Iraq war, students look at and respond to photos of fallen soldiers’ bedrooms. They then create and present creative photo essays.

Kodak: Taking Great Pictures
Top 10 techniques, problem picture remedies, picture-taking tips, online tutorials, other resources.

National Press Photographers Association
Contests, scholarships, and other resources for members.

Photo Techniques and Suggestions
15 tips from photographer Dan Marin.

Civil War Photojournalism: A Record of War
Students use photos from the American Memory collection to explore techniques, rationale, and bias in war photos.

Presenting Our School
Students become photojournalists and learn something about their school and themselves. Designed for grades 8, 9.

Solving A Civil War Photograph Mystery
This page takes visitors through the steps in determining a photograph's (in)authenticity.

Syllabus: Photojournalism
Syllabus for an 18-week photojournalism class, rich with links to resources.

Tank Man of Tiananmen
Four photographers discuss their shots of the man who stopped a line of tanks June 5, 1989, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Top 10 Composition Tips
Tips with sample pictures.

Visual plagiarism: when does inspiration become imitation?Examples and analysis of "striking similarities" in photographs, and discussion of the resulting lawsuits.

W. Eugene Smith: Photojournalism and Compassion
Standards-based interdisciplinary lesson designed for grades 9-12. Students learn about Smith's compassion for the human race through his work during WW2, examine W. Eugene Smith's photo-essays, build a pinhole camera, and create their own photo-essay.

Photgraphers and Collections of Photographs

American Photography: A Century of Images
Sponsored by Kodak, this site supports the PBS video. The Features section includes essays on photography as art, photography and war, manipulation/distortion of images, presidential image-making, advertising and persuasion, social change, and cultural identity. The Image Lab presents additional exploration of photography as a communications medium.

The Art of the American Snapshot 1888-1978
An online exhibit of celebrating "the exuberance and inventiveness of American amateur photographers."

The Decisive Moment: Capturing Life through Photography
Students read an article and view a slide show of the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, famous for capturing the "decisive moment." They establish criteria for evaluating photos, take photos capturing decisive moments, and critique their own and others' photos.

Helen Johns Kirtland
Helen Johns Kirtland was a war photojournalist active at the end of World War I. She was the "the first and only woman correspondent allowed at the front after Caporetto, the 1917 Italian retreat in which 275,000 troops were captured."

Helios: Photography Online
A collection of outstanding photographs sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes links to other excellent collections of photography.

Lens
"Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows."

Photo Essays
Part of Time magazine's Web site, this page links to photo essays by their photographers, including pictures of the week.

Weegee's World
A collection of photographs by Arthur Fellig, aka Weegee.

Women Photojournalists
Follow links for an overview of the women and their work from the late 1800s to the present.