The Power of VISUAL TEXT Analyzing VISUAL TEXTS • OPTIC • Overview • Parts • Title • Interrelationships • Conclusions OPTIC • Overview: March 30, 1942, photo by Dorothea Lange • Parts: Signs: I am an American; Sold; Grocery. Car • Title: Japanese Owned Grocery Store, Oakland • Interrelationships: • Conclusions Photography as an agent of Social Change • Poverty • Child Labor abuses • Racial injustices • Homelessness Jacob Riis How the Other Half Lives Photography as a political statement • The Burning Monk • June 11, 1963 • http://www.lyfe.freeserve.co.uk/photobrow ne.htm Photographer Bernie Boston • Bernie Boston is as much a legend in the photographic world as his famous images. For more than 40 years, he was part of the A-team of photojournalists who grasped the essence of “picturing history.” And although some of his photographic assignments during his years at the White House or for The Los Angeles Times resembled a Who’s Who of the social and political scene, Boston also managed to literally seize the day—everyday—by recording the commonplace elements of human existence. Hands Across America Flower Power Tribute to comrades : Soldier places flags at gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day, 1988 Ernest Withers: “Graphic Historian” Tent City: 1960 In September 1960, after the crops were gathered, white landowners in Fayette and Haywood counties forced black sharecroppers off their land because they were trying to vote. Here a family prepares to move from their sharecropper home to the Tent City erected for displaced farmers. War Images • Should gruesome images be censored? • Should the public know the reality of war? • Can photographs sway public opinion? • Can photographs desensitize people to the horrors of war?
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