Students will re-write a newspaper article, discovering how images can tell more than one story
National Core Standards
Perceive and analyze artistic work
One class period, or partial class
- Students should read Errol Morris’ excerpt from Chapter 1: “Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?”
- Observe Civil War photographs by photographers such as Timothy O’Sullivan and Matthew Brady. Are they “true?” Are they “documentary?” Who or what do they document? Whose perspective do they take?
- Discuss with students, asking them to consider:
a. the notion of “objectivity” and photography
b. what they think about the two Fenton photographs. Does one give more of a sense of “drama and danger” as suggested in the article?
c. if one can manipulate a photograph and publish it as factual information
d. whether citizen journalists can “democratize the news”
e. how they decide what to believe when they look at news photographs online