Recognized as one of America's greatest photographers, Ansel Adams used his photographs to promote public awareness of the extraordinary landscape of the West. Visit his Web site and view the virtual exhibition of his work. Discuss his use of black and white photography. How does he set up his compositions?
Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes were photographers that worked together in Boston from 1843 to 1862. Today they are considered to be the first great photographers in America. Visit their Web site and select one portrait by each artist.
The Library of Congress has a daguerreotype collection that consists of more than 650 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864, including portrait daguerreotypes by Mathew Brady and Robert Cornelius. Visit the American Memory site
and view Brady's and Cornelius's work. After viewing, compare and contrast their individual approaches.
D. W. Griffith is known for bringing motion to motion pictures. Visit his Web site to learn more about him. You may view clips of his film
Birth of a Nation and discuss why this film is considered controversial.
Jerry Uelsmann is an innovative contemporary photographer. Visit the Uelsmann/Yosemite
and Ansel Adams virtual exhibit. Compare and contrast the two artists' images of Yosemite. What were their motivations?
Although the camera obscura is a precursor to photography, it still exists today. Visit this camera obscura site and discuss the evolution of the camera obscura.
The history of photography has been brief. Visit
the Timeline of Photography and discuss this 300- year history.
George Eastman was not only a photographic innovator but also an influential industrialist. Visit his
Web site and discuss his contributions to the industrial age.
Margaret Bourke-White served as a photojournalist for Life magazine. Her work is considered to possess some of the finest examples of photography as an instrument for social change. Visit this Web site and view an image from her travels to Africa (scroll down to Gold Miners, Johannesburg, 1950). She said of this work “I left the mine realizing that I had spent only four hours underground, and I would not have to return if my pictures were all right. But these men, who danced so gaily and happily in the upper air, were destined to spend the better part of their waking hours underground with no hope of escaping the endless routine.” Discuss this image and how it might motivate social change