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ART 150: THE CULTURAL USES OF PHOTOGRAPHY

ART 150 REVISED FINAL EXAM OVERVIEW Fall 2017

page 1 of 3

Exam section Instructions: part 2, 3, and 4 will

be written during the exam

Grade weight Suggested time allotment

for answering the questions

Part 1: definitions 15 x 1% = 15% 10 minutes Part 2: question #1 You may bring in paper-based

work to assist 1 x 30% = 30% 25 minutes

Part 3: question #2 You may bring in paper-based

work to assist

1 x25%= 25% 20 minutes

Part 4: question #3 You may bring in paper-based

work to assist

1 x 30%= 30% 25 minutes

THINGS TO NOTE

• the exam will begin at 6:30 (not 6 pm as indicated on Camlink); exam runs from 6:30-8pm • it is worth 30% of your course grade • expect to write for the entire 80 minutes of the exam • the exam covers material since the midterm; it starts with the lecture on Oct 23 • research papers will be handed back at the exam • the final exam is NOT returned but you can view it in my office

EXAM RULES

o write Part 1, hand it in, pick up the exam paper, and use it to finish the exam o you may bring in any paper-based notes or images for Part2, 3 and 4

Part 1: definitions (15 x 1% each)

• I provide 15 definitions and you provide the correct term or phrase; capitalization is important! • vocabulary words are NOT provided on the exam • You are not allowed to use material or electronic devices for this part of the exam.

Vocabulary (23 words) Oct 23 optical empiricism, physiognomy, lithography, iconography

Oct 30 phrenology, composite photographs (Galton)

Nov 01 pseudo-science, Spiritualism

Nov 06 documentary photography, “salvage” motive/paradigm, dry plate, shallow depth of field,

tableau/tableaux

Nov 08 social documentary, wood engravings, half-tone printing, F.S.A. (Farm Security Administration)

Nov 15 photojournalism

Nov 27 paparazzi photography, celebrity photography

Nov 29 simulacrum, hyper-reality, tabloid journalism

ART 150 REVISED FINAL EXAM OVERVIEW Fall 2017

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Part 2: question #1 (30%)

In discussing the cultural work of photographs, one must consider the role of the photographer, the perceived

“necessity” of the photographs, and the purpose of the images when circulated. From the list below, select

ONE of the topics and answer the following questions in relation to that one topic. Use specific photographers

and photographs shown in class as your proof. Submit photos with your answer.

• the Farm Security Administration (FSA)

• war photojournalism of the Vietnam War and Life Magazine

• late 20th and early 21st century paparazzi photographers and

celebrity culture (North America)

No

marks

1. From the list above, state which topic you will be discussing.

2 x 5% 2. Name a specific photographer we talked about in class and describe the actual and/or

perceived role(s) of the photographer in the context of the topic you chose. Make 2

key points and explain them. (3-5 sentences per key point)

5% 3. What are the real and/or perceived social necessities of these photographers’ work?

(3-5 sentences)

15% 4. Select one photographic image from the topic you chose (it must be from the images

shown in class). Describe the aesthetics of it with respect to the intended function(s) of

that photograph. In other words, discuss how the subject matter and the way it was

photographed work together to achieve its intended function. (6-8 sentences)

ART 150 REVISED FINAL EXAM OVERVIEW Fall 2017

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Part 3: question #2 (25%)

2 x 10% 1. E. S.Curtis’ photographs in The North American Indian (1907-1930) have been heralded by

critics and scholars as being important while others have criticized the photographs and

how they are perceived. Referring to A. D. Coleman’s essay, "Edward S. Curtis: The

Photographer as Ethnologist," (on D2L) describe and discuss two different

ways/categories that critics and scholars use when referring to Curtis and his

photographs. (6-8 sentences)

5% 2. In your opinion, is Curtis an ethnologist, an artist, a blend of the two—or even something

else? State your reason(s). (3-5 sentences)

Part 4: question #3 (30%)

5% 1. In the film, The True Meaning of Pictures, how does Shelby Lee Adams describe and defend

his work? (3-5 sentences)

3 x 5% 2. List and describe 3 different ways that his photographs can be labeled or categorized; you

may refer to specific people in the film and how they categorize his work. (6-8 sentences)

5% 3. State and describe one key controversy or problem arising from his work? (3-5 sentences)

5% 4. In your opinion, how do you approach and understand his photographs? Are they

problematic for you—why or why not? (3-5 sentences)

 

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