This online gallery facilitates the exploration of the processes, techniques, and styles of photography, as well as its role in society.
Exploring Photography highlights photographs in the Museum of Fine Arts collection from the 1800s through the present day. Because the collection rotates frequently, this gallery is designed as a tool for instructors who want to provide their students with a basic history of photography before visiting one of the Museum’s many special photographic exhibitions. Intended to give a brief overview of the development of the processes, techniques and styles of photography, this gallery serves as a good jumping off point for artistic exploration and expression, as well as for discussion about the role of photography in society.
In exploring this lesson, students will:
- Learn about the development of photography processes, techniques, and styles
- Discover the role of photography in society
This discovery will require students to:
- Engage in conversations about composition, light, movement, and subject matter
- Look closely at the photographs and make observations grounded in visual evidence
Using this Resource:
- Social studies teachers and students will be interested in exploring how bodies of art can impact society, and how societal influences and prejudices can influence how a viewer perceives a work of art.
- Visual arts teachers and students will be interested in recognizing and analyzing the various techniques used in and the characteristics of the art presented in this online gallery.
- English Language Arts teachers and students can study visual metaphors through the photography in this online gallery.
For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs available under Related Resources.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage youto explore the Museum's online collection through this web source -- or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries -- to look for other objects that will provide further insights into photography.