Inquiry Topic

It's All About Tension

This simple photograph from Barbara Fischer's Flickr stream is a study in tension. How many different ways can you see opposites, balance and depth in this single photograph? Think about lines, color and texture and talk about the choices Fischer made. Do you think this photograph was accidental or composed?

A Question of Balance...

What choices did Stephanie Deissner make in this image to achieve balance?

Consider the Rule of Thirds as well as the use of light, reflection and texture.

Most Famous Portrait Ever?

What is the most famous photographic portrait ever taken? Some would say it is this one of Sharbat Gula, an Afghan woman who became famous as a cover photograph on a 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine.

While at the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984, her picture was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. Read more about this photo in the Wikipedia article.

Is It Art?

Photo Inquiry: Is this art?Photo by John Cohen

Look at this photograph by John Cohen. Is it art or is it a snapshot? What makes a photograph more than a snapshot? Is it luck? Can anyone move beyond snapshots and produce art with a camera? Can you?

Photo by oskarlin

Finally look at this photograph by Oskarlin. It's a funny photo of someone's friend wearing a wig. Is this art or is it a snapshot? What makes a photograph less than art? Was it the intention of the photographer to produce a snapshot and not art?