Oral Presentations

Each student will give an illustrated oral presentation about a relevant photographer or artist during the 12th or 13th 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 and importance 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


Buy Disfarmer prints

When Life Gets in the Way of Art

John Berger on UBU web

NY Public Library digital collections

Center for Creative Photography at U of Arizona browse by artist

Photo Now

Photo Tampering throughout History

light painting with the visible human

The Genius of Photography

Masters of photography - Diane Arbus (documentary, 1972)

Portraiture lecture

extremely comrehensive list of resoiurces on the history of photography, if only I was this organized.


“Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art - Art - Review - New York Times

photography Now MAsters

Miroslav Tichy

New Photographic Process may change photo history

British Journal of photography

George Eastman House Flickr Feed

25 photographs everyone should know

NY times article on Beautification software

The coming world of photography from 1944

Luminous Lint

LOC library of congress

George Eastman House

MAsters of Photo

The History of Male Friendships


JP Caponigro's list