STORY BEHIND THE
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: Instructions
What’s the story behind the photograph? Try to answer as many
of these questions as possible in the next hour, then organize
your thoughts into an essay.
The history of the times—specific personalities, persons,
problems, trends, and events—explain each of these
For your assigned photograph, please research “the story” behind
each of these photos. This means:
Explain the specific events or issue it refers to.
Explaining the issue and the history behind the photo. What
factors caused or made this photo possible?
Explaining why the photo was probably taken.
Explain the immediate history and legacy AFTER the photo.
Briefly explain what happened to the photographed persons,
the effects of the event, etc.
Every Picture Tells A Story
• A 1-2 page single spaced paper addressing the
questions on the front. Think of yourself as a
combination of historian and detective.
• A presentation of 2-4 minute presentation
You’ll have the “slide” on the LCD screen.
1939 rally, Madison
Photo of an
involved in late
Photograph, Life Magazine
August 14, 1945
Photograph and Image,
American homefront, World
Photograph taken, April 1, 1942—in Lone Pine, California.
Two men, standing
in a desert in New Mexico,
Spring of 1945
Clue words: go for broke, nisei
Kent State, Ohio 1970