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History of Photography Essay Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about the history of photography can be a great way to get artsy students interested in critical thinking. This lesson offers a series of essay topics that will help students learn about and analyze different aspects of the history of photography.

Writing About the History of Photography

Are your students really interested in the arts? Or perhaps they already have a particular affinity for photography as an art form? Whether they take pictures themselves or love to view other people's photography, students can benefit from learning about the history of this important medium. The history of photography is an interesting story about the relationship between technological advancement and artistic expression.

One way to get students thinking more deeply about the history of photography is by having them write essays on the topic. The essay topics in this lesson will require students to develop their own theories and analyses, backing them up with evidence from photographs, other primary sources, and secondary sources. In writing these essays, students will gain comfort with the writing process as well as familiarity with the history of photography.

People in Photography History

The topics in this section help students think about key figures in the history and evolution of photography.

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