Optional Activity: Student Worksheet
Interpreting Historical Images: Photo Analysis
Study the photograph for two minutes. Form an overall impression of the photograph and then examine individual items; answer the questions that follow.
Subject of the Photograph
- Are there people in the photograph?
- How many?
- Number of boys or men?
- Number of girls or women?
- Describe the clothing being worn:
- Describe facial expression:
- Describe what the people are doing:
- Are there objects in the photograph? List them if appropriate:
- Describe in detail the objects in the photograph:
- How are the individuals in the photograph using the objects?
Setting of the Photograph
- Can you tell when or where the photograph was taken?
- Estimated time of day:
- Estimated time of year:
- Outside or indoors?
- Describe as many details as you can identify about the place where the picture was taken:
Consider the eye of the photographer. The photographer, who makes decisions about what will be framed within the camera's lens, predetermines even photographic images that appear to be spontaneous.
- Can you tell anything about the perspective of the photographer by what has been included or omitted in the photograph?