Choose a photographer and research these areas:


How the photographer became interested in photography

What does the photographer say about his/her own work

Why does the photographer choose his/her subject matter

Select 5 photographs made by your photographer that represent what you learned about the photographer.


Make your own 5 photographs that emulate both the subject matter and the style of that photographer as best you can.




It is okay to choose a color photographer (noted for b/w classes)

The subject matter does not have to match, think more about style or approach

You don’t have to “copy” the 5 photographs from the photographer.  Your goal is to try to make photos that look like they could have been made by your chosen photographer.  You are emulating the style of the photographer.

Things you may want to include:


Political, social or personal experiences that helped shape the photographers' ideas.

Summaries of reviews from critics or historians.

Photographers' own words.

Avoid making a full-blown biography of the photographer.  Only include details you feel are relevant to the work being shown.



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 are still not prepared at the next available class you must turn it in as an essay with photos and your best possible grade is a C.


Grading (15 Points)


Public Speaking (Engage the audience - 3 Points)

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


Quality of presentation material (4 points)

  • Legible slides (watch out for low quality web images) and good photos (made by you)
  • 5 photos from photographer and 5 from you that emulate that photographer


Relevant Information about photographer (include some or all - 4 points)

  • Style
  • Subject matter
  • Reason for making photos of subject matter
  • Influences from background, education, other photographers


Strength of Emulation (Mimic - 4 points)

  • Are there clear stylistic and conceptual ties between your photos and the photographer’s


Some Suggestions - You may research your own photographer, but they must be known outside of social media.



Julia Margaret Cameron

August Sander

Hill and Adamson

Judith Joy Ross

Lewis Carroll



Lewis Hine

Jacob Riis

Mathew Brady

Sebastiao 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

Joel Meyerowitz

Stephen Shore

Thomas Struth

Graciela Iturbide

Lola Alvarez Bravo

Dorothea Lange

James Van Der Zee

Sally Mann



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

Joel Meyerowitz

Andreas Gursky


Constructed Images:

Cindy Sherman

Man Ray

Jerry Uelsmann

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Jan Groover

Gregory Crewdson

Carrie Mae Weems

Wendel White


Photographers to Avoid

(Used too many times.)

Ansel Adams

Robert Adams

Any photographer who is primarily known through social media