History of Photography

The Big Idea:

How did the invention of photography change art history?

Activity overview

Jeff Wall has played a pivotal role in the history of photography. His distinctive style arises from his technical skills as well as his sources of inspiration. In this activity, students will have the opportunity to research the history of photography as well as some of its most significant contributors. They will present their findings in a short paper and an in-class presentation.

In this activity you will:

  1. learn about the artist Jeff Wall
  2. research the history of photography
  3. research key contributors to this genre
  4. write a paper that summarizes your findings
  5. present your findings to the class
  6. reflect on what you've learned

You will be graded on:

  1. quality of descriptive writing and clear expression of thought
  2. quality of research including accurate facts and dates
  3. organization and clarity of presentation
  4. written reflection

New term:

staged photography

documentary