Gallery reports



1. How will viewing each of these two exhibitions effect the way you take photographs in the future?

From these exhibitions the key lessons I learned that relate to photography is that positioning of the subject relative to the frame can have a signifying impact in proving additional messages about the subject and the surrounding. Of greatest importance is to be able to identify elements that help in conveying the sense of person and moment when taking a photograph.

  1. Althea Gibson – 1927 – 2003

    Athlea Gibson

In this photograph, the photographer captured Althea Gibson in the streets of Harlem holding a tennis racket accompanied by children. What I like most about this photo is the aspect of framing and depth of the photo. The buildings at the sides create a frame and places the subject at the middle. Depth is also manifested through the brighter background which helps in providing a better view of the subject and the surrounding environment.

The photograph is generally in line with the Third rule that states that the main subject should at least be at the point of intersection of the grid lines. In this photo, Althea Gibson is at the middle of the picture while the building on either side of the street given a framing effect. The photograph uses back lighting from the street. This gives a greater emphasis of the subject of the photo. By capturing Althea Gibson image above the children and her head against the white background helps in reinforcing the stature the person of Althea Gibson who was, then an icon African-America Tennis champion who grew up in Harlem. She is praised for her contribution in introducing Tennis in Harlem and among the African American communities. This photo elicits the emotions of happiness and pride given Gibson’s achievement in the game of tennis.

  1. Margaret Mead 1901 – 1978

The photo captures Margart Mead talking to a child who is held by a woman at a close range. The most attractive thing about the photo is the way it portrays Mead as a person who had deep liking of children and the local community she

Margaret Mead

interacted with while working as a foreigner researcher. The attention of all the persons captured in the picture is directed towards Mead who is the main subject.

The photograph fills the frame which helps in putting emphasis about the subject of the photo. The image covers almost the entire frame while leaving no loom to capture the background. The contrast is enhanced by darker elements from women at the background. In this photo, front lighting was utilized which helps in creating clearer image. Mead is captures while talking to a child from a close range while surrounded by local Balinese women. This shows her connection with the community she once interacted with in her earlier research. This photograph elicits a feeling of love and closeness with communities at the local level.

  1. Lotte Jacobi and Barbara Morgan

In this photo, Lotte Jacobi and Barbara Morgan are captures having a close private conversation at a close range and while facing one another. The two old women are captures at their happy moments conversing with one another. The Photo fills the frame thus excluding the unnecessary things. This is further enhanced by having a dark background which creates a good contrast to help the viewer focus better on the main subjects. Still, front lighting provides a clearer view of the subjects and eliminates the shadow.

Lotte Jacobi and Barbara Morgan

The fact that the photo captures Lotte Jacobi and Barbara Morgan having a close and emotional conversation plays a part in creating interest about the two personalities. It is indicated that both Jacobi and Morgan schooled at Northwestern University but had not seen each other before. They however had something in common. That is, they had been featured in the Recollection: Ten Women of Photography. A high quality photo as the one Catherene Reeve took of both women is therefore what befits their common interest in photography. The photo elicits deep emotions about people in their old age who share a common interest.


  1. Frontline – Match for our lives Chicago

In this photo, the photographer Sandra Steinbrecher captured a group of young activist during the “March for our lives” event in Chicago in March 2018. The interesting thing about the photo is the way one young activist is captured while having a direct eye contact with the photographer. As Steinbrecher explained the direct eye contact elicited the feeling of deep human connection between the photographer and the subject. Apparently, Steinbrecher has interest in youth


movements that advocated safer environments.

The photograph fills the frame at the bottom while capturing the sky at the top. This, in my view creates a special message of youthfulness in that the participants are doing extraordinary things at a young age (reinforced by the subjects at the bottom and an empty top). Due to the fact that the photo is an outdoor composition means that natural lighting was perfect to capture the facial expressions and to portray the mood of the subjects. Capturing the activities having a direct eye contact with the photographer gives a feeling of seriousness and deep interest in something.


  1. George B

The photograph is a portrait showing the face of an elderly man emerging from darkness. The man is frowning while his eyes are looking forward directly. His white hair and beards and the facial expression elicited emotions of deep thoughtfulness or anger. The blending of the dark background the top outfits creates an interesting contrast with the light face. This creates an impression that

George B

the man is emerging from darkness. The portrait fills the frame which makes the view focus only on the subject. The photo uses a single front light source which also contributes in creating the impression that the man is emerging from darkness.  As highlighted in the description of the photo, the photographer Mike Byrnside, is in a mission to express his love and intimacy with portraiture, which is confirmed by the display of high quality of portrait.



  1. Josephine

The subject of the photo is Josephine, an artist who was living in a converted motel in Afton Oklahoma. The interesting thing about the photo is that the photographer was able to capture the humble environments that people living in the outskirts live, based on elements such as the poorly maintained house and the ordinariness of the subject. The subject is the middle of the frame which helps in highlighting the details of the surrounding relative to the details of the subject. The photo is an outdoor photo that uses natural lighting.


The photographer took great care in highlighting Josephine and the kind of place he lived. This helps in drawing attention to the subject who an artist is living on the outskirts of the society. The emphasis was to draw the picture of the difficulty lives artists living on the outskirts of the society experience. The photo elicits the emotions of sympathy for the people represented by Josephine





1 – How will viewing these photographic essays effect the way you take photographs in the future?

After going through the four essays, it was clear that photography could be used to reinforce a storyline when it is done in a perfect way. In some of the essays, the storyline is strongly supported by photography. As a photographer, the lessons taught in these essays are crucial for future application. I will take photography with a view of delivering a story.

2 – Which is your favorite essay and why?

Among the four essays, the one that was most striking is the article by Sangsuk Sylvia Kang that was published on March 20, 2020 in the Time. Sylvia writes about the story of Lucia Buricelli an Italian photographer who documented her current life where she is living under lockdown as Italy and the world is trying to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Buricelli has accomplished this through photography where she takes photos of herself while in the house performing house chores and during her leisure time. What is most stunning about Buricelli’s photography is the way she has been able to use photography concepts in order to highlight a story and at the same time have unique aesthetics. In particular, Buricelli has captured several photos showing images on reflected surfaces. She has also used the source of lighting in a unique way in order to emphasize on the key elements in a number of her photographs. I found this to be a good method of enhancing the aesthetic part of photograph.

3 – Which is your favorite photograph from each of the 4 essays?

  • The most favorite photo by Lucia Buricelli is the photo of a residential flat with an Italian flag on the balcony. This photo applies camera angle to capture a photo that tells the whole story. She took this photo while standing on her balcony.
  • In the second article by Naina Bajekal, most of the photos are blurred. Other photos are not professionally. The favorite photo is that they grayscale photo of two girls matching ahead.
  • In the article by Charlie Campbell, the most favorite photo is outdoor photo that captures Dalai Lama from behind facing the mountains.
  • In the last article by Alice Driver the most favorite photo is the one with one of the immigrants getting a haircut in a dimly lit room. They use the flashlight of the phone to enable the barber get a better view as the light is in the room is not adequate

4 E- Explain why you chose each of the 4 photographers

  • Lucia Buricelli photo of a residential flat with an Italian flag on the balcony is my favorite because it captures a storyline of the moment. The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted the way of life of many people especially in Italy as portrayed by empty neighborhoods.
  • The favorite photo is that they gray scale photo of two girls matching ahead. This photo shows the desire to match ahead and leave the past.
  • In the third essay, Dalai Lama is captured from behind facing a quiet forest and mountains at a distance. This can signal a person who is seeking to relax and time alone or a person who is being rejected by the rest of the world.
  • In the essay by Alice Driver, the photographer captures dimly lit episodes in order to highlight the plight of the immigrants. It helps to reinforce the message of despair and hopelessness, which is what the immigrant experience.

5 – How did each of the 4 photographs make you feel – what emotions did the photos convey?

  • Each of the four essay elicited different emotions. For instance, the Essay by Sangsuk Sylvia Kang is based on the contemporary occurrences due to the COVID-19 pandemic creates an atmosphere of panic and despair when one looks at neighborhoods without humans. On the other hand, they activities that the photographer is engaged in while in the lockdown brings a positive feeling of hope and determination.
  • In the second essay by Naina Bajekal, the objective of the photographer was to capture instances to depict hope and joy in a country that was recovering from Ebola pandemic and war. In my opinion, the photographer was not able to achieve this goal given that most of the photos are blurred. However, by showing taking photos from behind, the photographer is probably showing the spirit to focus ahead rather than the past.
  • The third article by Charlie Campbell, elicits the emotions betrayal of a spiritual leader. The photograph portrays a person who is potentially seeking Devine intervention to wither a storm. The story in the essay point to a potential storm among his followers in China who were considering alternative which elicits the emotions of betrayal. This is reinforced by the photography where Dalai Lama is pictured alone. Other photos show him surrounded by many people, which indicates potential conflict among his followers,
  • The last essay is about immigrants where the photographer captures the unique moments to demonstrate the challenges they were going through. He story is moving and is successful in eliciting the emotions of sympathy for the people who were affected. This is supported by the photos given that the photographer applied techniques such as lighting to strengthen the message.

6 – For each of your 4 favorite photographs describe:

  • Lucia Buricelli photo of applied the techniques of camera angle to capture a photo that is potentially off her line of sight which tells the story in a more explicit and conclusive manner.
  • Robbie Lawrence in my view has not applied his photography skills well to capture very compelling moments since some photos are blurred. However, the gray scale photo of two girl looking behind while matching ahead sets a situation to enhance the story where the girl seem to be leaving the past behind and determination to move ahead.
  • Ruven Afanador in the photo of Dalai Lama uses framing technique to support the storyline. The frame of the photo reinforced the aspect of betrayal.
  • Jerome Sessin in the fourth essay uses the technique of lighting source to enhance the story line. The lighting source does not provide adequate lighting which shows despair or struggles.




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