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Telling Stories with Photographs

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Esquimalt High School, Victoria , British Columbia

Houses photographed for Mr. Meredith
This photograph is an illustration of the poverty prevalent in Montreal in the early 20th century.
Poverty was prevalent in Montreal in the early twentieth century and the houses of the poor were often dangerous and unhealthy.

William Notman & Son


© 2006, McCord Museum. All Rights Reserved.
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Learning Object Collection: Alfred Laliberté, a Witness to His Era
Learning Object: Poverty in Montreal
Fun Fun, Montreal Metro
silver gelatin print, documentary image of metro scene, Montreal by artist George Zimbel
Sprawl is used to describe the growth of contemporary cities, where development and expanding networks of roads have shifted populations from cities to suburbs. The past several decades have also witnessed the development of "edge cities", urban cores that develop on the far fringes of metropolitan areas. The work of documentary photographer George Zimbel reveals dimensions of changing urban experiences of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

George Zimbel

CAG 2004.11.10

© 2006, Confederation Centre Art Gallery. All Rights Reserved.
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Learning Object: Sprawl: George Zimbel
Part 1 - Critical Analysis
Photography is a visual memory and a witness to the events of the past. Photographs can reflect the world or reveal the photographer's point of view. Canadian photojournalists like Alfred Laliberte and George Zimbel provide us with a glimpse of the past.

Comment on the following

1- How do these examples of Photojournalism reflect a social, political or cultural context?

2- What story are the photographers telling?

3-Comment on the composition; use of line, texture, contrast, shape, repetition, visual balance, point of view, focus/depth of field and how the shot was framed.

4-If you were to tell one of these stories now where would you go to take the pictures? Would they look different? How?

**Copy and paste these questions into your project and type answers.

There are links to other 'socially' concerned photographers posted in our class wiki.
Part 2 - Research
1-Conduct your own research online and find a Photojournalist that deals with social, political or cultural concerns that you think is interesting.

2-Post the best website address to access their images by copying the url and pasting into the class wiki and then find a good example of their photographs and copy the url and paste this into the class wiki to share with the class.

3-Finally include a brief comment on why you like their photographs.

4- In your project write a brief biography ( 250 minimum words) about the photojournalist that you have chosen. Include their name, where they live , education, who they work for ,what they are famous for and why you chose them.
Part 3 - Create
You will plan and create your own Photo Essay.

1-Decide on a subject for your story. Write your plan into your project page. Your photo story needs to have a social, political or cultural theme.

2-Take the pictures using film or with a digital camera. Select and Edit 5 photos. Print, mount and give each a title and a description. Present to the class.

3- Create a Blog and upon completion write a reflective statement that includes your thoughts on the process, the creation , and how you feel about the finished project.

Learning Objectives

Documentary photographers create images that witness and record life. Photographs tell stories of life in the past and events in the present.
1. Students will reflect on the works of famous photojournalists and try and understand the stories they were telling.
2. Students will research and find a photojournalist and write a biography and post an example of their work to the class wiki.
3. Students will then plan and create their own photo essay with a social, political or cultural theme.