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ERIC Number: EJ897407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Exploring Racism through Photography
Fey, Cass; Shin, Ryan; Cinquemani, Shana; Marino, Catherine
Art Education, v63 n5 p44-51 Sep 2010
Photography is a powerful medium with which to explore social issues and concerns through the intersection of artistic form and concept. Through the discussions of images and suggested activities, students will understand various ways photographers have documented and addressed racism and discrimination. This Instructional Resource presents a selection of photographs from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona. The photographs of Marion Palfi, Ansel Adams, and David Levinthal are included as examples of documentary, found, and staged imagery that reflect historical and social practices of individual, societal, and institutional racism in the United States. These photographs were originally presented as educational programming at CCP, where they were discussed with classes studying racism, writing, and art and visual culture education. Areas of study across the curriculum, including art, photography, language arts, history, sociology and literature can be enhanced as students examine these images for insights into racism, social justice, documentation, and creative expression. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A