POC 3 Early Photography

Points of Consideration 3 – 25 points

DUE: Monday October 1

Reading: Revolutions in Communication, pp.107-137, pp 138-209

Respond briefly to each question. Briefly define each vocabulary term. Perfectly follow these guidelines for a written paper.

1) Explain in layperson’s terms how chemical photography works.  Chemical photography was developed in the early 19th century—what is the technical process from start to finish?  How is film photography possible?  Feel free to include original, informative visuals to enhance your written response.  Upload to your WP site.  Integrate into your TIMELINEs.

2) Identify at least two war photographers in the 19th century.  I recommend Matthew Brady and Roger Fenton, but you are free to choose others.  QUESTION: What were some conflicts (where, when) captured by war photographers (who) in the nineteenth century (when, up to 1900)?  Describe your thoughts about an image or images by each photographer?   Print and post.

3) Describe–how did George Eastman’s Kodak (“Brownie”) camera help democratize photography?

4) What is digital photography? How does it work? Describe the emergence of digital photography that began in the 1970s.

5) Building on question 3, with reference to the text, how has digital photography democratized the access and participation of amateurs in making photographs?

6) How do fakes undermine the authenticity of photography?

7) In a few sentences describe what is significant about Matthew Brady’s photographic work in the 19th century during the Civil War?

8) Who was Edward S. Curtis?  What is significant about his photographic and other field work?

Vocabulary (define in complete sentences)

camera obscura

La cour du domain du gras


Matthew Brady

Dean Worcester, Bukidnon, Mindanao

visual anthropology

Sitting Bull

Crimean War

Roger Fenton


negative and positive exposure

wet collodion process

Edward Muybridge




Edward Curtis