• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Camera Reading.

Extracts from this document...


Lauren MacKenzie September 2003 Engl. 105 Paper # 1 Camera Reading Over the last few decades, most American children have grown up with access to a camera. At a young age children often get their first camera, and pictures of animals at the zoo or family outings are generally the results of the first few rolls. As young adults pictures are taken of friends and family. Vacations, road trips, concerts, and eventually their own children become the main subjects in picture albums. By the end of their life they have documentation of various moments captured through their eyes, but for what purpose? Surely photo albums are kept in the family, but without someone who can tell the story behind the photo, they become meaningless, regardless of whether the photo seems to tell a story or not. Pictures are taken in a very different manner now, than they use to be taken. The subjects in older photographs were families or important men posed in a very neutral position. ...read more.


Jacob Riis, a New York photographer, took pictures of various types of people in their native environment; such as: the Italian Ragpicker, Pedlar in Cellar, and the Blind Beggar (Masters Of Photography). He was able to capture not only the people but also the essence of their surroundings and conditions. Cameras have only recently been inducted into mainstream usage. Various models began to sell to the public in mass quantities starting in the 1970s (Greenspun). Now, in the 2000s nearly everyone owns a camera. With the vast amounts of cameras available, the type of camera owned can be seen as a sign of social status. Owning a camera-phone, for instance, may make you the coolest kid in 7th grade. The cameras practical purpose, such as reporting a car accident to an insurance company with a picture included is usually not the reason for buying the device. The motive for purchasing such an item becomes a need to fit in with the times and the hopes of popularity or acceptance. ...read more.


However, the pictures left behind do not actually capture the life of a human; they show an idealized false identity. They show some of the times when someone was happy. After all, how often do you photograph the sad moments? When looking through photos that are attempting to document a life, the depiction it forms must be taken with a grain of salt. Cameras may just be a fad. But the want of keeping alive as many memories as possible is here to stay. Even though the way of taking pictures and the subjects of the pictures have changed, the idea behind photography has been the same throughout history. Only, today, as the price tag drops on many of today's top name brand products, the ability for anyone to own a camera is on the rise. This gives photographers the ability to document anything they want, no matter how important or irrelevant it is. Having the technology needed to take focused photos easily and at an affordable price, gives a head start to future generations of photographers who will fight to be remembered through their own lens. Greenspun, Philip. "History of Photography Timeline." Photo.net. 2002 <http://www.photo.net/history/timeline> "Masters Of Photography" Webgalleries.com. < http://www.masters-of- photography.com/index.html> 2 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Art & Design section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Art & Design essays

  1. AS Photography - Image based study

    It is the difference between these items and how they look/feel that Penn is trying to express. The composition of the piece adds to this. Firstly he has taken the photograph with the items head on in front of a clear white background.

  2. Photography Timeline

    1839 The term Photography is patented. 1833 The American Anti- Slavery Society is founded in Boston dedicated to abolition throughout the United States. The Slavery Abolition Act is passed in Britain, outlawing slavery throughout the British Colonies. 1841 The name calotype came from the Greek 'kalos', meaning beautiful.

  1. Brandind the Future

    Another example would be a man coming back from war and he is rewarded by a big fresh pint of Stella. Every time they make a new advert I think they aim to make you want the beer as you see the man drinks it.

  2. Discuss some of the ways that postmodern photographic practice questions, critiques, or opposes Modernist ...

    Her photographs show how women are represented in American cinema. Figure 1.3 shows her in the role of the housewife doing the washing up, responding to the modernist notion of the housewife. Additionally because she is not looking directly at the camera she is inviting herself to be gazed upon rather than confronting the viewer.

  1. For this project, I have chosen to compare and contrast two individual photographs from ...

    on, it doesn't have energy or any movement to it at all. However it could easily be a scene used in a film, such as an establishing shot. The photo has a certain peaceful feel to it. It is soothing to look at; this is because it is a calm,

  2. Manipulation - Some of the definitions that the dictionary gives for manipulation are as ...

    There is what looks like saw dust covering the bottom of the image and continues through the doorway. This picture has a dream-like feeling about it and is viewed from a very close angle. The main difference with this angle being that it looks as if something or someone very

  1. Applications of Photography

    Whereas, if the photo was left in colour then it wouldn?t suit because colour is too cheerful for the depicted situation. The last thing to look out for is narrative. This is whether the photo gives a true representation that is able to be relatable to the viewer or reader about the social and current affairs.

  2. Richard Avedon is considered one of the greatest photographers of all time. At the ...

    With his empty studio, Avedon allowed his subjects to move freely with gave his photos a sense of spontaneity. With the white background, it draws your attention more to the person, who is the subject of the photo.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work