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Write a research paper of 1500 words minimum about a photograph by one of the photographers listed below. Select a second work, this one by an artist who worked in another medium (not photography), that you believe is a good comparison to the photograph that you have selected. The work may be a painting, sculpture, etching, song, poem, play or movie. Compare and contrast the two works. 

It is not enough that the two works are similar in subject, but they should also have the same feeling or character (dark and brooding or light and airy, for example). 

Be certain to include the following (I will look for these when I grade):

  • Biographical information concerning the photographer
  • Description of the selected photograph
  • Interpretation of the photograph’s meaning and/or importance – include contextual information (personal, political, social or world events)
  • Biographical information on the other artist (this can be somewhat brief)
  • Description of the other artwork that you selected
  • Interpretation of the other artwork’s meaning and/or importance
  • Explain how these two works are related – devote more words to this as it is the essence of the project.
  • Include two images – one of the photograph and one of the other artwork

Use the rubric below as a guide, also.


Diane Arbus                                   Bill Brandt                   Harry Callahan

Richard Avedon                           Man Ray                        William Mortensen

John Baldessari                           Cindy Sherman          Ed Ruscha

Julia Margaret Cameron       Andy Warhol               Lewis Baltz

William Eggleston                     Edward Weston         Edward Steichen

Lewis Hine                                     Moholy-Nagy               Garry Winogrand                 

Weegee                                           Irving Penn                    Hans Bellmer                                    

Ralph Meatyard                         Duane Michals            Dorothea Lange

Ask me if you want to do a different photographer. It will need to be someone who is widely respected and whose work I know.

Sources of Information

Select your sources carefully! Be certain that they are authentic and trustworthy, such as museums, major newspapers and magazines, universities and colleges. Your care in selecting sources will be reflected in your grade.

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