ANALYSIS OF THE PHOTOGRAPH “UNTITLED MEN WITH SLEEVES ROLLED UP 1949”
ANALYSISOF THE PHOTOGRAPH “UNTITLED MEN WITH SLEEVES ROLLED UP 1949”
Thispaper will be an analysis of the photograph “Untitled men withsleeves rolled up 1949” by Lou Bernstein. First, it will provide adetailed background of the photograph and the photographer. As can beseen, the work is a still black and white photo of two men in astreet1.Lou Bernstein was an American photographer whose career span in midto late 20thcentury2.According to his history, his career began sometimes during the GreatDepression. He was interested in taking still photos of people andplaces, especially in their natural settings3.His unique approach to photography, the genre of the photograph andits visual aspects will be introduced in this section. In addition,the introduction section will provide a clear thesis statement thatwill be the subject of argument in the research paper.
Thissection will provide a detailed analysis of the photograph. It willbegin with a paragraph that examines the genre and class of the work.It will also describe the artist’s interest in taking thephotograph. Afterwards, the body will have other paragraphs thatexamine and analyse the design of the work, which will include thecontent (subject matter and topic), themes, subjective, visualelements (focus, light and shade, shape, line, repetition, space,texture and value)4.In addition, the research paper will also analyze the composition ofthe photograph by examining and analyzing the angle, balance,background, the central focus, contour, contrast, composition,framing, vantage point and setting.
Moreover,another section of the paragraph will discuss the design inrelationship to the popular culture of the time, especially in theplace where the photograph was taken. It will describe the clothingculture and design of the time and why the subjects in the photographbehave the way they are behaving.
Last,the paper will have a conclusion paragraph that will wrap up theideas and findings in the body. Based on this information, theconclusion will justify the thesis statement provided in theintroduction section of the paper.
Thefinal aspect of the paper will be the bibliography, which willprovide a list of the sources and materials used in accomplishing theanalysis. This will be provided in the standard Chicago Manual Style.
Dixon,Daniel. TheWorld Is His Backyard: The Story of Lou Bernstein, ModernPhotography.New York: CRC Press, 2010.
Klein,Mason and Evans, Catherine. TheRadical Camera: New York`s Photo League 1936-1951.New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.
Maddow,Ben. Faces:A Narrative History of the Portrait in Photography.New York: New York Graphic Society, 2007.
Williams,Richard L. DocumentaryPhotography.New York: Time-Life Books, 2002
1 Richard L. Williams, Documentary Photography (New York: Time-Life Books, 2002), p. 128
2 Daniel, Dixon, The World Is His Backyard: The Story of Lou Bernstein, Modern Photography (New York: CRC Press, 2010), p. 38
3 Mason Klein and Catherine Evans, The Radical Camera: New York`s Photo League 1936-1951 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012) p. 62
4 Ben Maddow, Faces: A Narrative History of the Portrait in Photography (New York: New York Graphic Society, 2007), p. 219.
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