Educator Resources

Analyze a Photograph

Meet the photo.

Quickly scan the photo. What do you notice first?

 

Type of photo (check all that apply):

Portrait Landscape Aerial/Satellite Action
Architectural Event Family Panoramic
Posed Candid Documentary Selfie
Other      

Is there a caption?

 

Observe its parts.

List the people, objects and activities you see.

PEOPLE OBJECTS ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try to make sense of it.

Answer as best you can. The caption, if available, may help.

 

Who took this photo?

 

Where is it from?

 

When is it from?

 

What was happening at the time in history this photo was taken?

 

Why was it taken? List evidence from the photo or your knowledge about the photographer that led you to your conclusion.

 

 

Use it as historical evidence.

What did you find out from this document that you might not learn anywhere else?

 

 

What other documents or historical evidence are you going to use to help you understand this event or topic?

 

 

 

 

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