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Early Documentary Photography

look at the early years of documentary photography and how they compare with images used in the news, media, and/or social media today.

  1. Please read the essay on “Early Documentary Photography” found at the link below: (Links to an external site.)

  1. After you have read the essay, think about how many of these early photographers were social reformers, using their photographs to illuminate “how the other half live.” Consider the significance of their work. Do you consider documentary photography just as effective today? Why or why not? (This should be at least 4-6 sentences)
  2. Finally, find a modern day example of a documentary photograph. This can be from an online news article, magazine, photography exhibit or your own photograph. Once you have chosen a photo, tell us where the photo is from and what the message of the photograph is. Some of these images can raise difficult topics, so please be mindful of this and give yourself time to analyze and contemplate. (This should be at least 4-6 sentences)

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Last Updated on July 19, 2020

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