Objective: Students will look up work of Master Photographers that best showcase each Principle of Composition. Students will explain why they chose the photo using vocabulary learned in both Art I and Photo I.
The Principles of Composition:
Masters of Photography
Bernd & Hilla Becher
Clarence John Laughlin
Mary Ellen Mark
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Robert & Shana Park Harrison
Mike and Doug Starn
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
Rule of Thirds: Gordon Park's photo of a small boy standing off center towards the left is a good example of rule of thirds because if you divided the image into nine parts, the subject of the photo would only activate one third of the space.
Point of View: Berenice Abbott's image of the Eiffel Tower is a great example of a worm's eye point of view, forcing the viewer to look up the towering structure.
Pattern & Texture: Sandy Sköglund's photograph is a great example of pattern first, the repeated gold fish converging on the center point to give the viewer focus.
Light & Shadow: Wynn Bullock's image of a foggy night sky captures light and shadow in an interesting way, using high contrast and minimal points of light to further the feeling of a scary full moon night.
Leading Lines: Berenice Abbott's image of Times Square shows great use of leading lines, the streets guiding the viewers eye from the center and out of the frame.
Frame Within a Frame: Henri Cartier-Bresson's use of a hole blown out of a side of a wall makes great use of frame with in a frame as the hole frames the boys playing in the rubble in the street behind it.
Frame within a Frame: Imogen Cunningham's up close and detailed photograph of this flower is a great example of filling the frame. It allows viewers to pick up information they wouldn't have seen before and turns something quite ordinary into something new and different!
Edges of the Frame: Robert Frank's use of the edges of the frame allows for a disembodied head to float at the bottom of the composition and helps draw our eye sight up to the signs above her.