To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review Chapters 2 and 3 in your course text, The Photographer’s Eye.
  • Review Diane Arbus’s photograph, Child with Toy Hand Grenade, 1962.
  • Review the websites from this week’s Learning Resources for more inspiration and examples of photographs.
  • Consider the following questions regarding the Arbus photograph:    
    • How does the use of a square frame impact the balance of the photograph?
    • What elements contribute to the balance of the photograph  presented here? Would you say this is a balanced photograph? Explain  your response.
    • Does this composition draw your eyes more to the center of the frame or more to the edges? Give evidence for your response.
    • How does the photograph demonstrate contrast, tension, rhythm, and/or depth?
    • How does the subject of the photograph relate to the background?
    • How is perspective created in the photograph?
    • Is the photograph more weighted toward information or emotion? Explain your response.
  • While considering the questions above, compare the assigned photograph with Arbus’s 1967 photograph, Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J., 1967. Explain how these photographs differ and how they are similar.

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