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RESEARCH PROJECTFor this project you will be asked to choose a type of photography that interests you. Each student will select two photographers that work in that style, research their life, and analyze 3 of their photographs (A TOTAL OF 6 PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN YOUR PRESENTATION).

Each student will present their project via a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation to the class.

Assignment Guidelines and Prompts:


PROMPTS: Below is a list (and wiki page) of possible genres to choose from. Below that is a list of possible Photographers to choose from (there are many, many more this is just a starting point! ). 



  • Advertising – Taking pictures of products (food, cars, etc.) for commercial purposes. Fashion photography is considered a separate field.
  • Aerial – Pictures captured from a high altitude, such as planes, balloons, parachutes, skyscrapers, etc.
  • Artistic – Photography in which creative composition is the primary goal.
  • Baby/Child – A special field of portrait photography focusing on babies and young children.
  • Celebrity/Paparazzi – A special field of portrait photography focusing on candid shots of famous people.
  • Cityscape – Photography that focuses on cities and urban areas.
  • Event – Photographs taken at special events, such as weddings, concerts, and parties.
  • Fashion – Captures models in a glamorous light and displays fashion items such as clothes, shoes and other accessories.
  • Forensic – Photography taken at an accident or crime scene for legal purposes.
  • Landscape – Shows spaces within nature, usually involving little or no human activity.
  • Long Exposure – Using a very slow shutter speed to capture stationary subjects in sharp focus, while blurring the moving elements.
  • Macro – The art of photographing very small and/or close-up objects.
  • Night – Photography taken outdoors between dusk and dawn.
  • Photojournalism – Capturing images in order to tell a news story.
  • Portrait – Photographs of a person (or group of people) that captures the expression, personality, and mood of the subject.
  • Sports – Capturing important moments during sporting events.
  • Still Life – The depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects.
  • Travel – Photographs that capture an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs and history.
  • Underwater – Capturing pictures while under water, usually by scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, or from a submersible.
  • Wildlife – Photography that focuses on animals in their natural habitat.


Robert Frank – photographs the demonstrate our common humanity through images of various cultures eating, dancing, singing, etc.
Henri Cartier-Bresson – 
the father of the “decisive-moment” approach to photography
Paul Strand – another Stieglitz protege, pioneer of straight photography
Annie Leibovitz – portraits of famous people (photographer for Rolling Stone and Vogue)
Edward Weston – produced magnificent pictures of primarily buildings and nature
Berenice Abbott – architectural studies of New York City in the 1930s – the Atget of Manhattan
Ansel Adams – landscape photography
Diane Arbus – portraits of people outside the mainstream of society / psychologically disturbing portraits
Bill Brandt – surrealist and working class imagery, British, 1930-60
Harry Callahan – formalistic, minimalist portraits and landscapes
Roy DeCarava – documenting the African-American experience and its cultural icons
Walker Evans – 
imagery of American society during the Great Depression
Lewis W. Hine – worked to expose the tragedy of child labor in the United States
Walter Looss 
– world renowned sports photographer; worked for Sports Illustrated for many years
William Klein – New York street photography in the mid-fifties
Dorothea Lange
 – portraits of people during the depression
Jacques-Henri Lartigue – a child photographer, with exuberance and delight, France before World War I
Arnold Newman – One of the greatest portrait-makers in the history of photography
Gordon Parks – produced portraits of black political figures and social change in the fifties and sixties
Herb Ritts – portraits of famous people
Alfred Stieglitz 
– helped photography become recognized as an art form