LA 06 – History of photography

Assignment 1.

  • Pick three events in the timeline from this week’s lesson History of Photography: An Introduction, and find photographs of the event on the Internet or in the library and write a paragraph explaining the event in more detail. Include your photographs in the description.

Assignment 2.

Go to the library or search on the Internet and find a photograph from the 19th century (taken before 1900). Write a short “think piece” about this photograph. You are free to select any image you would like to write about, as long as the photograph was taken during the 19th century. Examine the photograph carefully and write about what you see and what the photograph makes you think about. Some (but not all) things you could consider are:

  • What does the photograph tell you about the photographer?
  • What does it tell you about the subject of the image?
  • Does the technical quality of the image (or lack thereof) help or hinder the success of the photograph?
  • Where did the photographer stand when he or she took this picture?
  • How does his or her camera position or angle affect the outcome of the image?
  • Why does this picture interest you?

In short, tell me what you think about the image in your own words. This assignment is to be written in a word processor (doc, docx or pdf) and uploaded to your WordPress blog. The image you are writing about should be included as an embedded image in your paper.

Assignment 3.

  • Do research on the Internet or at your local library on how to make your own pinhole camera.
  • Make a pinhole camera and take some pictures of what it looks like. You can upload these pictures to Moodle.
  • If you have the resources, buy a roll of film and take a few shots with your new camera.


PDF:   learning_activity_photography_research
PS: I might have misplaced some of the links in the last page (sources).

You will not find assignment 3 in this pdf. Arianna (from my class) and I made a pinhole camera today in my very own livingroom. We ran out of sunlight before it was done, so we decided to take the photos tomorrow (monday) instead. Hence the delay on documentation regarding the last assignment which was not mandatory for the deadline at midnight.

It’s been a real joy learning about the birth of the camera, and I can’t wait to see the photos we get from our own home-made pinhole camera.


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