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How To Analyze A Photo
Photographs, films, and other images are visual evidence of people, places, objects and events. They provide valuable clues to what life was like in the past. But like all clues, visual evidence is a piece of a bigger puzzle. To put the pieces together, you need to play detective. You must become a careful observer of details. As you analyze each photographc and its bibliography, keep in mind that photographers and artists, like speakers and writers, have points of view and a story to tell.

How can you become a good detective and uncover clues from history? There are some important steps you must follow.

  • Look carefully at the photograph.
  • Ask questions {Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?}.
  • Use the clues you find to form a hypothesis { I think .... because ....}
  • Search for other clues to test your hypothesis.
  • Rethink your original hypothesis and make necessary changes to solve the mystery.

With these steps in mind, you are ready to begin your work.

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