© 1998 Marvin Bartel, Instructor
Field Trip Assignment for Photography
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Due in class on the Monday following the field trip. Make the final draft on a word processor (pencil sketches may be added or attached).

Step 1.
Survey all the photographic displays

Step 2.
Select two works. They should be from different photographers. Select works that are typical and represent strong work of each photographer.

Step 3.
Document the two photographs.  Give the photographer's names, nationality, gender, ethnic or social/cultural group,  If available, give the photographer's education and major achievements.

Step 4.
Describe the two works objectively and factually. Add small sketches with the dark tone darkened in your sketches.

Step 5.

Interpret the two works. Speculate on the meaning and symbolism of the photographs. Compare the reasons you believe the photographs were made. What does each photograph have to say or imply about the work of other photographers? In what ways might the photographer hope to have an effect on the viewers of the work. How do you think viewers would respond to the work? How does the work make the viewer feel?

Step 6. Your creative response
Describe an idea for a photograph you could make on campus or in Goshen. It should not mimic the content nor composition of either of the photographs you have studied. However, it should be inspired by your beleifs and interests in some way similar to the way the photos you studied probably were driven by those photographers personal beliefs and interests.

Add a sketch and/or a diagram to clarify your idea. This photograph may be made, but you are not required to actually produce this idea.

Links to exhibit descriptions:

Kenneth Josephson: A Retrospective

Victor Skrebneski Photographs

Also watch for additional information by e-mail related to the Museum of Contemporaty Photography at Columbia College.

updated November 8, 1998