Select a photographer that you would like to learn more about.
You will write a 5-page paper on the photographer and their work and prepare a visual presentation to share with the class. Your visual presentation will include images of the artist’s work and any key points you would like to share from your research.
Your presentation and paper should include a historical contextualization of the artist and the artist’s work. Some things to consider: how does the photographer and the photographer’s work fit in to the historical period covered in the chapter the photographer is included in? What is the social and cultural context of the work? What are the stylistic characteristics of the photographer’s work? What is he/she communicating? Does the artist have several bodies of work – different groupings of thematic pieces, etc.? Consider how the artist’s work draws on your own intellectual interests if these fits. What drew you to this photographer – why did you select this photographer?
Plan ahead: Please keep in mind that you are presenting the work of your artist to the class.
Research is required. This is not an assignment that can be done the night before it is due.
Your paper should be at least 5 pages long (minimum), double-spaced, with 1” margins. These pages do not include photos, title page, bibliography, etc. Type size should not exceed 12 points. Your paper should be 1500 words minimum (about 5 pages) and will include an introduction and a conclusion. Images, title page, and your bibliography do not count toward your word total count. Proofread your paper, grammar and spelling count, spell check doesn’t catch everything!
View several photography exhibitions to see how curators communicate the theme of their exhibit to an audience. For example, what work and artists are chosen, how is it laid out? Rake note of the wall labels. How is information presented to viewers? You will use this information in your own exhibits.
Your presentation should include:
• 10 images (artist or theme based).
• Art work labels: Each image should have a label that is included. this included the artist, title, date, media of the work and something about the photo. The label information will come from your paper, with a bit of editing.
• An exhibition title and exhibition information. This is the introduction to your exhibit, the text on the wall people read as they enter the show. It tells them what they are about to see.
• a floor plan – can be hand drawn with all info / nothing fancy. This tells us what order the work will be presentee in.
You must use at least six sources . Your presentation should draw on at least five additional sources in addition to our texts, six total – minimum. At least two should be a scholarly article from a database like JSTOR. If you use the Internet be sure to use reputable, scholarly websites. Wikipedia does not count, but can be a good place to start to get a general overview. Research can come from the Internet (reputable sources only) scholarly articles (jstor, for example), books on art history, politics, etc.. Feel free to ask me for assistance finding sources and articles.
I will accept MLA, APA or CMS. MLA is best.
What to document?
Anything that is not considered common knowledge (information that can be found in at least 4 sources). This includes opinions, judgments, little known facts, direct quotes, and conclusionary statements. Footnotes and Endnotes are used to give credit to sources of any material borrowed, summarized or paraphrased. They are intended to refer readers to the exact pages of the works listed in the Works Cited, References, or Bibliography section.
Please review the following OCC sites:
OCC Library: https://www.oakton.edu/library/index.php
OCC Research Guides: https://researchguides.oakton.edu/
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Reminder from the syllabus: ALL assignments should be edited, proofread, and have sources with citations (MLA). The number of citations required may vary based on your paper, but the student is responsible for correct writing and citation style at all times. If citations are not included with the assignment, or are not presented correctly, the Instructor has the right to fail the student for that assignment. There is a no tolerance policy for Plagiarism, and the Instructor reserves the right to have the student removed from class for this offence. Further steps may be taken through Student Services.
Any paper that is plagiarized will receive a “0.”
*Failure to include your bibliography/reference page will result in a grade of 0.
*Five points per day will be deducted for late papers.