In 600-700 words, analyze one photograph from the William Notman Collection, found on-line through the McCord Museum’s website. The purpose of this assignment is to develop your ability to analyze a historical photograph in writing while developing your online research skills. You will choose one photograph by William Notman created between 1850 and 1880. The McCord Museum in Montreal has scanned and made available a substantial collection of images by Notman. In your paper, you need to describe this work formally and then consider the information given to you in the caption and in other resources from the McCord web site. What technique was used to make the photograph? Where and why was it taken? How was it used? Who would have seen it? If you are not given firm answers to these questions, then what can you deduce based on what you have learned about photography so far in this course? Your discussion and analysis of the photograph should build on our course readings and class discussions. You may choose to do some research if you have unanswered questions, but the central purpose of this assignment is to produce a coherent analysis of the photograph and the context in which it was encountered. Any secondary sources of information should be properly cited.
The assignment should be no more than 700 words (2-3 pages double spaced, typed, including footnotes but not including images and bibliography) and must be typed in 12pt, double spaced. The title, your name, student ID and year of study should appear on the cover of the assignment. Please use MLA or Chicago Manual of Style for your references.
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