Each student will give an illustrated oral presentation about a relevant photographer or artist during the 13th or 14th week. A photographer may be selected from among those whose names appear anywhere in my lectures or the text book. You must claim your artist and have them approved by me in advance to prevent duplication and assure the relevance of your selection. The presentation is your subjective aesthetic experience of the artists work and its relevance. You should choose someone you are passionate about. These presentations are very strictly NOT A BIOGRAPHY!. I do not care where they were born or when they died.
Students are expected to utilize supporting materials as part of their presentations, which may include reproductions of photographs in books or magazines or photographic jpegs. Presentations must have sufficient content to last at least ten minutes. Reports may not be read from prepared text although brief quotations may be read from notes. Grading will be according to the instructorís subjective evaluation based on the pertinence and quality of a studentís observations, insight about the photographer and his/her work, the organization and articulateness of the oral presentation, and the pertinence of supporting materials.
Reports must include at least 20: photographs (jpegs or printed reproductions) of the photographerís work, selected to illustrate the spoken presentation
Reports may include: RELEVANT biographical information;information about the photographerís career; observations and comments about the photographerís work; quotations and comments about the significance of the photographer and his/her work; information about influences upon the photographer and his/her influence upon others; observations about the historical significance of the photographerís work; observations and opinions about the photographerís success in the areas of art and/or commerce
Ten to fifteen minutes may sound like a long period of time, but once
youíve researched your photographer, gathered your supporting materials,
and practiced your presentation, you will find that it is exceedingly brief.
The short time allowed for presentations will mean that for many students,
the best report will be one for which they have narrowed down their topic
to a limited set of ideas about the significance of their chosen photographerís
work or one particular time or phase of their chosen photographerís life.
Some Places to Begin Your Research
Guides and Encyclopedias
This guide describes sources of biographical information for photographers
of all nationalities, contemporary and historical, working in a variety
of genres and media. As is the often the case with research
in other aspects of the visual arts, information about fine art photographers
is easier to locate than material about photographers working in applied
or service areas (editorial and advertising illustration, photojournalism,
and related fields). As each title given below has a
particular subject scope, the researcher may find it necessary to consult
several sources, especially when seeking information about less well-known
Auer, Michele, and Auer, Michel. Encyclopedie internationale des photographes
de 1839 a nos jours: Photographers Encyclopedia International. 2 vols.
Hermance: Editions Camera Obscura, 1985.
Entries for 1,600 photographers working in all genres give biographical data, lists of exhibitions, bibliographical citations, portraits of the photographers, and illustrations of typical work. International scope, bi-lingual (French and English).
Beaton, Cecil, and Buckland, Gail. The Magic Image: The Genius of Photography
from 1839 to the Present Day. Boston: Little Brown, 1975.
205 biographies of fine art and commercial photographers. International scope. Entries describe typical media and genres, major collections and exhibitions, and provide anecdotal critiques of professional careers. Illustrations for most entries.
Brown, Turner, and Elaine Partnow. Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia
of Photographic Artists & Innovators. New York: Macmillan, 1983.
Entries for approximately 2,000 19th- and 20th-century fine art and commercial photographers, photo-scientists, critics, teachers, and museum and gallery personnel give basic biographical and directory data, publications, collections. International scope.ÝÝÝÝÝÝÝÝÝÝÝ
Photographers. 1st, 2nd, 3rd eds. Chicago: St. James, 1982, 1988, 1995.
Each edition presents extensive biographical data, including exhibitions, collections, and publications for 750 late 19th- and 20th-century photographers. Statement by the photographer and/or a brief critical essay are given in each entry. Many entries include black-and-white illustrations. International scope.Ý
The Encyclopedia of Photography. 20 vols. New York: Greystone Press, 1963.
Entries for 80 photographers working in all genres present basic biographical data, describe typical work, and outline major career developments. International scope, emphasis on 20th century figures. Complete list of biographies appears in volume 20.
ICP Encyclopedia of Photography. New York: Crown, 1984.
Biographical entries describing the major professional activities and the historical importance of 250 photographers born before 1940 are given in the main alphabetic sequence. Briefer entries (dates, primary media) are given for 2,000 photographers, historians, and critics in Appendix 1. International scope.
Krantz, Les. American Photographers: An Illustrated Who's Who Among Leading
Contemporaries. New York: Facts on File, 1989.
Lists approximately 1,000 living photographers active in all genres. Biographies give addresses, fields of specialization, descriptions of typical work, and awards. A genre index is provided. Reviewers have questioned data compilation methods, so researchers should be wary of the accuracy of information given in this work.
Matthews, Oliver. Early Photographs and Early Photographers: A Survey
in Dictionary Form. New York: Pitman, 1972.
Listings for 300 photographers and photographic firms active up to 1910. International scope. Brief entries include dates, nationality, typical media and genre, and a selected bibliography for each photographer.
Witkin, Lee D., and Barbara London. The Photograph Collector's Guide.
Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1979.
Very full biographies for 234 19th- and 20th-century photographers, most working in the fine art genre. Supplementary lists give dates and nationalities for 1,000 daguerreotypists and 6,000 photographers working in other media.
World Wide Web
You can search the World Wide Web for information about your chosen photographer. Among the most comprehensive search tools are Google image searchat www.google.com.
Libraries at other colleges and universities,