PHO110 Compare a post WWII Photographer to a pre WWII photographer or movement (33 Points)


Create a roughly ten minute presentation on a photographer from after 1945 (after World War II.) Give a short biography on that photographer and then connect the work of that photographer to a pre-1945 (pre-World War II) photographer or period in photography. In other words, show how the earlier photographer or earlier type of photography was an influence on the style or subject matter of your chosen photographer.


For example, you might choose Robert Adams (you can’t choose Robert Adams) and connect his work to the work of the early pioneer photographers such as Carleton Watkins. Adams is a landscape photographer who shows how the American west has changed and Watkins was a landscape photographer who showed the American west while it was still in its natural state. Both photographers were inspired by the beauty of what they found, but they found very different landscapes in the same places. Both photographers were also interested in the impact, preservation, and use of these places for the future of the country.


Another example might involve the relationship of a modern photographer who constructs or stages photographs to a pre-war photographer who also staged photos.


When possible, include information about experiences, education, jobs, relationships, and things they believed about life and photography. You can also include what other people wrote or said about their photography.


When researching images to show, make sure the resolution looks good on a screen larger than your phone and make sure you double-check the authenticity of the image.

Make notes on index cards so that you have reminders of ideas and quotes but not whole pieces of text that you are reading from.


Make sure you face your audience.


The classroom can show PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides on the projector. You may also just bring some jpegs on a flash drive, just make sure they are in numerical or alphabetical order. If you are going to download from your email or the cloud, make sure you do that ahead of class. Losing your file or losing internet access does not excuse you from showing your presentation.



If you miss your presentation date, you must be prepared to present it at the next available class and your best possible grade is a B. If you miss the second date, you may present at the next available class for a best possible grade of C. After that you will receive a 0 for the assignment.




Public Speaking (Engage the audience):

  •  Look at your audience
  •  Don’t just read off notes or slides
  •  Speak so all can hear


Quality of presentation material:

  •  Legible slides (watch out for low quality web images)
  •  All photos must be double checked for authenticity
  •  Do not put your notes on the slides (a few bullet points are fine)


Accurate information with proper attribution:

  •  Make sure you are working from reliable sources
  •  When you get a specific fact that does not sound like common knowledge, attribute it during your presentation, i.e., According to Hezekia Wheatfield, a well-known photo critic from Atlantic City,  “Photography will deliver your soul to eternal damnation.”


Relevant/Interesting information:

Information about events/experiences/education/etc. that lead to the style of subject matter of photographer






Julia Margaret Cameron

August Sander

Hill and Adamson

Judith Joy Ross

Lewis Carroll



Lewis Hine

Jacob Riis

Mathew Brady

Sebastian Salgado


Straight Photo:

Henri Cartier Bresson

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Garry Winogrand

Margaret Bourke-White

Edward Weston

Helen Levitt

Paul Strand

Berenice Abbot

Lee Friedlander

Imogen Cunningham

Robert Frank

Gordon Parks

Mary Ellen Mark

Sally Mann

Joel Meyerowitz

Thomas Struth

Graciela Iturbide

Dorothea Lange

James Van Der Zee



Alfred Stieglitz

Edward Steichen

Julia Margaret Cameron



Timothy O'Sullivan

Eugene Atget

Carleton Watkins



W. Eugene Smith

Robert Capa


Susan Meiselas


Color Photography:

William Eggleston

Joel Sternfeld

Raghubir Singh

Andreas Gursky


Constructed Images:

Cindy Sherman

Man Ray

Jerry Uelsmann

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Jan Groover

Gregory Crewdson

Carrie Mae Weems


Photographers to Avoid

(Used too many times.)

Ann Geddes

Ansel Adams

Robert Adams

Any photographer who is primarily known through social media




Public Speaking – 11 Points

  •  Engaging the audience
  •  Eye contact – Responding to comments or questions
  •  Not reading off of slides
  •  Notes are okay, but do not read unless you are quoting
  •  Ability to hear
  •  Adapting your voice to the size and noise level of the room


Lecture Materials – 11 Points

  •  Quality of examples being projected
  •  Resolution – Size – Clarity
  •  Locating examples relevant to the comparison
  •  Do the examples help make your case
  •  Accuracy of authorship
  •  Did you verify with more than one source


Relevant Information – 11 Points

  •  Influences
  •  Life experience, education, employment, relationships, trauma, art movements, politics, social class, race, nationality, gender, sexuality, etc.
  •  Staying with your argument
  •  Using biographical information to help make your case
  •  Avoid filling time with extraneous biographical information