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					Analysing                                                                                                        Structure your response
                                                CONTEXT                                                          using the following three
an Image                             Understanding the wider context and
                                 underlying themes gleaned from research and
                                                                                                                 headings:
                                          used to inform your opinion
                                                                                                                 FORM
                                                                                      Quotes & key               This is the ‘Mise en Scene (Setting
            Biographical
                                                RESEARCH                              points by                  in Scene)’ - what is going on in the
            information
                                    Research using a variety of secondary             specialists and            art work/photograph? Explain
            about the
                                 sources and collecting comments, quotes and          academics                  objectively and honestly. Imagine
            artist
                                              discussion points                                                  you are trying to explain the art work
                                                                                                                 to someone over the telephone and
                             Books                                           TV/DVD                              transcribe that message.
  Political
                                            QUESTIONING                                         How does the
  events of the                                                                                                  PROCESS
                                      Start with writing down key words                         work fit in to
  time I.e.
                                       and simple questions to get initial                      the history of   What has the artist used to make the
  wars,
                                      primary response and raise further          Radio         Art &            art work? Consider the materials and
  suffragettes    Magazines
                                              areas for research                                Photography?     media. If a photograph, what are the
                                                                                                                 lighting considerations? Has it been
                                           What? The Artwork                                                     presented in a special way I.e. as an
                                           Who? Subject Matter                                                   installation?
   Social &                                Where? Location
   Cultural        Periodicals             When? Time/Period                     Internet
   Norms I.e.                              How? Process                                        Art               CONTENT
                                           Why? Meaning                                        Movements         Having researched further and
   fashion
                                                                                               I.e.Bauhaus,      understood the wider context,
   movements,
                                                                                               Futurism          discuss the ideas behind the art
                             Newspapers                               Museums                                    work and the intentions of the
                                                                                                                 photographer to your best ability.
           Ideologies I.e.                                                                                       Consider the mood of the work and
           Far Right or                           Galleries                      Consider
                                                                                                                 how this has been achieved?
           Liberal                                                               past work
                                                                                 and
                              Technology I.e.                                    common
                              inventions and                                     trends in
                              means of                  Compare other            career
                              communication             artists from the
                                                        time
‘Analysing an Image’ Writing Frame                                                                                 FORM
                                                                                                                   This is the „Mise en Scene (Setting in Scene)‟ :- describe
                                                                                                                                                                                 PROCESS
                                                                                                                                                                                 What has the artist used to make the art work?
                                                                                                                   what is going on in the art work/photograph? Explain          Consider the materials and media. If a photograph,
                                                                                                                   objectively and honestly. Imagine you are trying to explain   what are the lighting considerations? Has it been
   FLUENT EXAMPLE                                                                                                  the art work to someone over the telephone and transcribe     presented in a special way I.e. as an installation?
                                                                                                                   that message.


                                                                                                                      This is a black & white                                      The picture is taken from
                                                                                                                      photograph by Brassai, the                                   head height looking down at
                                                                                                                      French photographer (1899-                                   the couple. This allows us to
                                                                                                                      1984), of a lady and her                                     see their reflection in the
                                                                                                                      lover/partner socialising in a                               mirror and have an overview
                                                                                                                      café and chatting over a                                     of the scene. The scene may
                                                                                                                      drink of wine. She is                                        have involved the use of flash
                                                                                                                      animated and holding his                                     as their skin, white clothes
                                                                                                                      chest, whilst he looks into                                  and glasses are highly
                                                                                                                      her eyes and embraces her.                                   reflected. The existing light is
                                                                                                                      The picture was taken                                        most probably artificial and
                                                                                                                      indoors and there is a mirror                                low in strength with some
                                                                                                                      behind them.                                                 natural light from nearby
                                                                                                                                                                                   windows. There is little
                                                                                                                                                                                   distortion on the face, so he
                                                                                                                                                                                   has probably used a standard
                                                                                                                                                                                   50-100 mm lens

TITLE: Le Couple d'amoureux au bal des
quatre saisons, rue de Lappe                           CONTENT
DATE: 1932                                             Having researched further and understood the wider context, discuss the ideas behind the art work and the intentions of
                                                       the photographer to your best ability. Consider the mood of the work and how this has been achieved?
ARTIST: Gyula Halasz aka Brassai (1899-1984)

                                                           Brassai was someone considered to have “mythologised Paris as a romantic capital, capturing
KEYWORDS
Write down any key words you associate with this art       couples, bar fights, music halls and brothels.” Looking at his work it is clear that he was interested in
work.
                                                           the lives and behaviour of people in a large metropolitan city, choosing to document it as an intimate
                                                           city, although not afraid to show its rough edges. This particular image cleverly manages to convey two
     Reflection                                            points of view, where the lady is smiling contently and lovingly in front of the camera as she hugs her
     Intimacy                                              lover, but the mirror shows another, more sinister side, where she appears to be grimacing and
     Social                                                ‘keeping up appearances’. It raises questions about how our public and private emotions are
     Illusion                                              constantly challenged by the expectations of society. In this case, the glamour and fashion of the
     Deception                                             1930s implied a culture of sophistication that influenced many women of the day.
‘Analysing an Image’ Writing Frame                                                                                 FORM
                                                                                                                   This is the „Mise en Scene (Setting in Scene)‟ :- describe
                                                                                                                                                                                 PROCESS
                                                                                                                                                                                 What has the artist used to make the art work?
                                                                                                                   what is going on in the art work/photograph? Explain          Consider the materials and media. If a photograph,
                                                                                                                   objectively and honestly. Imagine you are trying to explain   what are the lighting considerations? Has it been
   BASIC EXAMPLE                                                                                                   the art work to someone over the telephone and transcribe     presented in a special way I.e. as an installation?
                                                                                                                   that message.


                                                                                                                      This is a photograph of a                                    The photographer has used
                                                                                                                      man and woman sitting in a                                   black and white film and
                                                                                                                      café drinking wine. You can                                  printed it in the darkroom.
                                                                                                                      see their reflection in the                                  There is lots of light on their
                                                                                                                      mirror.                                                      faces




TITLE: Le Couple d'amoureux au bal des
quatre saisons, rue de Lappe                           CONTENT
DATE: 1932                                             Having researched further and understood the wider context, discuss the ideas behind the art work and the intentions of
                                                       the photographer to your best ability. Consider the mood of the work and how this has been achieved?
ARTIST: Gyula Halasz aka Brassai (1899-1984)

                                                           I think the work is about a French man and woman who love each other. I find it an really interesting
KEYWORDS
Write down any key words you associate with this art       picture and like the composition. They appear to be drinking wine and he is clutching her elbow, whilst
work.
                                                           she touches his chest. This shows that they really like each other. I would like to be able to take
                                                           photos that are also of people - I could photograph my friends in a local café drinking tea.
     Man
     Woman
     Wine
     Mirror
     Hat
‘Analysing an Image’ Writing Frame                                                                                 FORM
                                                                                                                   This is the „Mise en Scene (Setting in Scene)‟ :- describe
                                                                                                                                                                                 PROCESS
                                                                                                                                                                                 What has the artist used to make the art work?
                                                                                                                   what is going on in the art work/photograph? Explain          Consider the materials and media. If a photograph,
                                                                                                                   objectively and honestly. Imagine you are trying to explain   what are the lighting considerations? Has it been
                                                                                                                   the art work to someone over the telephone and transcribe     presented in a special way I.e. as an installation?
                                                                                                                   that message.




TITLE: Le Couple d'amoureux au bal des
quatre saisons, rue de Lappe                           CONTENT
DATE: 1932                                             Having researched further and understood the wider context, discuss the ideas behind the art work and the intentions of
                                                       the photographer to your best ability. Consider the mood of the work and how this has been achieved?
ARTIST: Gyula Halasz aka Brassai (1899-1984)


KEYWORDS
Write down any key words you associate with this art
work.
‘Analysing an Image’ Writing Frame                                                                                     FORM
                                                                                                                       This is the „Mise en Scene (Setting in Scene)‟ :- describe
                                                                                                                                                                                     PROCESS
                                                                                                                                                                                     What has the artist used to make the art work?
                                                                                                                       what is going on in the art work/photograph? Explain          Consider the materials and media. If a photograph,
                                                                                                                       objectively and honestly. Imagine you are trying to explain   what are the lighting considerations? Has it been
                                                                                                                       the art work to someone over the telephone and transcribe     presented in a special way I.e. as an installation?
                                                                                                                       that message.




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TITLE:
DATE:                                                  CONTENT
ARTIST:                                                Having researched further and understood the wider
                                                       context, discuss the ideas behind the art work and the
                                                       intentions of the photographer to your best ability. Consider
KEYWORDS                                               the mood of the work and how this has been achieved?
Write down any key words you associate with this art
work.

				
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