Research Papers on Photography

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  • An Analysis of the Films, Bowling for Columbine and, The Decay of Fiction

    A 6 page paper examining two films and a museum’s film exhibit. Taken together, “The Decay of Fiction,” “Bowling for Columbine” and the Guggenheim Museum’s film installation reflect a broad history of film while remaining based in the present. The two films and the Guggenheim installation discussed here illustrate film’s capacity to instruct and edify while it concurrently instills emotional bases supporting the film’s purpose. All of these artists have used that ability to its greatest potential. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Cultural Understanding and the Reflections of Photography

    An 8 page discussion of the value of still photography and film in cultural research. The author contends that cultural history, a subcategory of both anthropology and history, is indeed replete with examples of the value of these mediums in preserving culture in a visual format. It is emphasized that this value is not exclusive to the use of photography as a documentary tool by the researcher but that instead it encapsulates the use of film produced by the culture itself. Asserts that both documentary and fictional film can be of tremendous research value.

  • Color Photography History

    (9pp) Ever since the advent of the daguerreotype and the calotype in 1839, photographers began to search for a way to reproduce their subject matter in color. Indeed, color photographs became available practically as soon as photography itself. But these early attempts at color photography were nothing more than hand tinted black & white photographs of the area. Color theory was still relatively primitive at this time, and the photographic materials available were blind to almost half of the visible spectrum Almost a hundred years would pass, before the necessary film is available to the public. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Color Photography and its History

    9 pages in length. Once the staple of photography, black and white images have all but given way to its color counterpart. Indeed, the lure of bright, rich color was, in and of itself, enough of a selling point to draw away from what had heretofore existed only in the finite world of black and white. The advent of color photography brought with it an entirely new perspective to the industry, which included more expansive manufacturing plants, increased consumer interest and a glimpse into a more realistic image. The writer discusses the history of color photography. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Early Photography History

    (5 pp). In the early nineteenth century, the new "invention" photography seemed as though it could "capture" the whole world, some labeled it, the "mirror with a memory."This discussion will examine some of those early photographers and their experiments. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • An Infrared Light Exploration

    An 8 page discussion of infrared as it relates to the color spectrum, astronomical phenomena, gemstone coloration, and even psychology. This paper defines infrared light and describes its importance to mankind and the workings of our universe in general. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • 1960s and 1970s Music Photography

    A 5 page paper which examines why the work of certain photographers has become so valuable (is it because of their style or the artists they photographed), and also discusses the historical effect of music photography on contemporary design, the design movements that relate to music photography and how the study of music photography can help the fledgling student photographer formulate ideas and develop a distinctive visually aesthetic style. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Imperialism of Europe in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    A 3 page essay that analyzes Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, which concerns the period in which the British first came to Nigeria and the culture clash that this invasion brought about with the native population. Achebe presents a picture of African culture, as seen in the Igbo tribe, that has more nuance than simply presenting the British as ethnocentric and imperialistic in their efforts to impose colonialism on a native culture and the Africans as the "good guys." While Achebe presents native Nigerians with sympathy, he also shows the flaws in their culture, and in so doing, presents the positive, as well as the negative, effects of British colonization of Nigeria. No additional sources cited.

  • Computer Graphics Applied to Photography

    A 3 page overview of the advances computer graphics are making into the modern world of photography. Digital art is many times more powerful than any combination of previously existing medias such as television, radio, video, film, text and images. With electronic art the graphic design artist can produce a virtual world, images can be transmitted around the world in milliseconds and changes can be incorporated in almost as little time in sizing, composition, layering, blending and other artistic considerations. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Effective Advertising and Digital Manipulation

    This is a 5 page paper discussing the use of digital manipulation and its perception and effectiveness in advertising. Historically, images produced by photographers and appearing in public print or advertising were taken largely by the public as true unaltered images. This being said, society today is well aware that digital technology allows for images to be altered rather easily. Nevertheless, the public still believes that many of the images it views are still basically true in their depictions. This perception of the truth becomes distorted especially in the world of advertising when advertisers now have the opportunity to make their products look “better than the reality”. While it has been a given that many of the models pictured in magazines have undergone make-up sessions, what many people don’t realize is that many of the same photographs of the models have been digitally altered to make the models not only appear to be beautiful but they become, through digital enhancement, perfect. The image of perfection can be obtained digitally of course and it is this perception of perfection which advertisers are now able to easily sell to the public. Image perfection is not the only realm used by advertisers and news magazines to sell their products. Digital manipulation also allows advertisers to promote their products using advanced technological overlays which does not intend to deceive the public but can appeal to many different levels and ages in today’s society. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Cultural Understanding and the Reflections of Photography

    An 8 page discussion of the value of still photography and film in cultural research. The author contends that cultural history, a subcategory of both anthropology and history, is indeed replete with examples of the value of these mediums in preserving culture in a visual format. It is emphasized that this value is not exclusive to the use of photography as a documentary tool by the researcher but that instead it encapsulates the use of film produced by the culture itself. Asserts that both documentary and fictional film can be of tremendous research value.

  • Analog v. Digital Photography

    This 10 page paper examines the differences between digital and analogue photography at both a technical and a practical level, the way that digital photography may become dominant and the impact that this may have on society. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

  • The Photography of Walker Evans

    This is an 8 page paper discussing Walker Evans’ life and photography with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1935 to 1938. Walker Evans (1903-1975) was an American photographer who is probably best known for the introduction of documentary style photography which depicted the people and places of the United States through his extensive collection of still photographs. His style was one in which he faced his subject matter straight on and used a small aperture with a large 8 by 10 negative to enable him to produce sharp detail in his work. One of his better known collections was derived from his contract with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1935 to 1938 when he took photographs of the buildings and people in the southern States during the Depression. His photographs of the poor tenant farmers were commissioned by the FSA to illustrate their need for government relief. Rather than create sympathetic scenes however, Evans remained formal in his approach to his subject matter and simply let the facts which existed provide ample evidence of the dire conditions of the farmers. Other photographs taken during his contract with the FSA were considered collages of local merchant life which again provided documentary-like detail in their context. Paper includes detail about three photographs taken during the contract with the FSA. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Analogue to Digital Photography Shift and its Implications

    This is a 4 page paper on the implications of the shift from analogue to digital photography. With the recent shift of analogue to digital photography, critics cannot help but wonder what the implications of this change will be in regards to the ideals of originality, truth and authenticity of the work. From a traditional viewpoint, Benjamin and others argued that art loses its authenticity and originality once it is mass reproduced because art and photography have an intrinsic link with time and space which relates to these two aspects. In addition to the fact that digital photography can be mass reproduced in an exact manner, it also lends itself to being altered and manipulated quite easily. While this may imply that all original components of the piece are lost forever, some graphic designers have recently expanded this component to create a new field to allow for original technical work which is considered reflective of modern society. While Baudrillard stated that the media has turned modern society into one which is devoid of authentic experience, some critics allow that digital technology may actually provide a further medium to create authentic and dynamic experience. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Impressionism and Photography

    An 8 page essay on the influence that photography had on Impressionism and art in the 19th Century. The writer argues that these include viewpoint, realistic public scenes in light of cubist methods, and the use of light. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Color Photography History

    (9pp) Ever since the advent of the daguerreotype and the calotype in 1839, photographers began to search for a way to reproduce their subject matter in color. Indeed, color photographs became available practically as soon as photography itself. But these early attempts at color photography were nothing more than hand tinted black & white photographs of the area. Color theory was still relatively primitive at this time, and the photographic materials available were blind to almost half of the visible spectrum Almost a hundred years would pass, before the necessary film is available to the public. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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