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What Makes A Good Photograph

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  • 1. What makes a good photograph?
  • 2. Look at the following images and consider:
    • Is this a good photograph?
    • If so why, if not, why not?
    • Describe the photograph. What do you think the photographer has done to make the image so ‘iconic’?
    • What kind of photograph is this? (Reportage/documentary, portrait, landscape, abstract, multiple image, interior, photomontage, still life)
  • 3. The Terminal , 1892 Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946)
  • 4. Edward Weston Pepper No. 30 1930
  • 5. Ansel Adams Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941
  • 6. Louis Jacques Daguerre, Paris Boulevard 1839
  • 7. Imogen Cunningham Agave Design 2 1920
  • 8. BRANDT, Bill Halifax 1937
  • 9. Eugene Atget Avenue des Gobelins c.1926
  • 10. Robert Mapplethorpe, Ken Moody and Robert Sherman , 1984
  • 11. Iriving Penn Rhythm (c.1950?)
  • 12.
    • Of the following list of photographers, select two artists and one work by each. Save the image on a file and write some brief notes on the images you selected. You will share you findings with your peers.
    • Peter Peryer
    • Annie Liebowitz
    • Cindy Sherman
    • Gilbert and George
    • Joel Meyerowitz
    • Christopher Bucklow
    • Alexander Rodchenko
    • Ronnie Van Hout
    • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
    • Henri Cartier-Bresson
    • Barbara Kruger
    • Starn Brothers
    • Maggie Taylor
    • Anne Noble
    • Discuss the following points in your notes:
      • Subject – what is the photograph of?
      • Composition – how has the photograph been arranged?
      • Light – how has light been used, what effect has been created?
      • Focus – what are we meant to be looking at, how has the photographer achieved this?
      • Mood – what sort of feel has been evoked?