Gallery reports

Mahmud Bashir 



Gallery Report Assignment: 


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

The way that I take photos in the future will be more focused on capturing something that tells a story, makes people feel something, and surprises me and others which draws them in for more. I want people to say wow when they look at a photo of mine and for them to wonder how I was able to take that photo.


  1. Choose your 3 favorite photographers in each exhibit? (6 total photographs) 

Exhibit 1: George, b.1943, 80 days, CSPG: Southway Zoo- Tropical Boyz. 

Exhibit 2: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963, Martin Luther King jr. 1929-1968, Morris Carnovsky 1897-1992 Lee Strasberg 1901-1982

  1. For each of the 6 photographs explain:


  1. What do you like most about the photographers approach to his/her photograph?
  2. Describe the composition including did photograph fill the frame or use the rule of thirds?
  3. Describe the lighting – including the color, quality, and direction of the light
  4. Explain how the photographs convey the sense of person and moment
  5. Explain how each photo makes you feel emotionally and why 

Exhibit 1 “the outwin 2019”

George, b.1943

  • A. What I like most is the straight forwardness of the photographer and how he was able to capture every detail.
  • B. In this composition the photographer used the head and shoulders way of taking pictures to capture a pure image of an older man named George. He has white hair that parts to the right and a white beard/ mustache. He seems to be looking at something that is either hard to look at or he is angry.
  • C. The lighting is straightforward. It hits the center of his face like someone used a flash.
  • D. the moment seems to be intense but calm like George is waiting for something to happen because he already knows it is going to happen.
  • E. This photo makes me want to look at it more, the eyes in particular, they seem to hold a mystery that i want to know or find out.

80 days

  • A. The thing I like most is that the photo is not just one image, it is a composition of several images telling a story.
  • B. The photographer got a full body image  
  • C. With this composition it seems that the lighting comes from the right side of the image but it doesn’t seem to affect anywhere other than the face.
  • D. The photo conveys the sense of pain or longing for help/ attention
  • E. This photo makes me feel like there is someone that I need to help. It also gives me a feeling of unfairness coming from our country.


CSPG: Southway Zoo- Tropical Boyz

  • A. What i like most about the photographs approach is the angle and how everything in sight works together and u can see everything even if it is a little confusing or campfliged.
  • B. The photographer did fill the frame and went with a lower angle for this image.
  • C. The lighting is coming from the top right and fades off towards the bottom but where the light is placed helps see everything that is going on.
  • D. The photographer catches the people in his image by making sure he gets every detail. Whether it be in their body, the clothes they wear, or the stuff they hold.
  • E. The photo makes me want to do more in my photography simply because this image is exactly the type of illustration that I try to make with my photography and designs.

Exhibit 2 “In Mid-Sentence”

 John F. Kennedy 1917-1963

  • A. What I like most about this photographer’s approach is the time that they took to get the perfect photo.
  • B. The photographer uses the full fame of the photo but makes sure the Kennedy is the center of it.
  • C. the lighting seems to come from in front of him and seeps around the edge of his body.
  • D. The photographer captures Kennedy in a moment of him giving a speech. It looks like he is giving something important to say to the whole world and it shows him as an important person in time.
  • E. This photo makes me realize how important timing is and rewarding it can be.


 Martin Luther King jr. 1929-1968

  • A. What I like most about this photographer’s approach to this photo is that he not only captured MLK jr. but he also captured his supporter in the frame as well. It makes him seem more of an influence then he already was.
  • B. The photographer makes sure to fill the frame but not just of MLK jr. but also of the crowd and the huge pillars behind him. MLK jr. has his hands raised in the air while he is giving his “I have a dream” speech.
  • C. The lighting was nature lighting form the sun in the upper left corner.
  • D. The photographer captures a huge moment in history and at one of the most important parts of the speech.
  • E. I personally love the “I have a dream” speech so this photo gives me chills and wants me to go out and do my absolute best at anything that I do.


Morris Carnovsky 1897-1992 Lee Strasberg 1901-1982

  • A. What I like most about the photographer’s approach to this photo is the angle at which he took it. From about the subject and also capturing that they both are in a room alone and talking about who knows what.
  • B. The photographer made sure that he captured the subjects at the top of the image to show that they are in a room alone talking.
  • C. The lighting is from a light bulb in the upper right hand corner coming down on the subjects.
  • D. This photo caught at this moment shows that they are planning something or trying to figure something out.
  • E. This photo makes me look more carefully because I want to know more. I want to know what they are talking about and what the papers are on the table and why they had to be alone.

Gallery Report

  1. Viewing these photo essays will make me more inclined to tell a story with each photo. More specifically, each Photo in each photo essay has its own story to it whether it be big or small.
  2. “An Intimate Portrait of Life in Sierra Leone” is my favorite essay out of all of the essays because it not only gives you a look into some peoples day to day lives but it also seems like there is something else trying to be told. More specifically, in the case of the blurry pictures i think that they are trying to show people trying not to see something or turning a blind eye.
  3. “This Italian Photographer Is Documenting Her Life in the Coronavirus Lockdown” is “7:58 A.M. Waking up after turning off at least ten alarms” by Lucia Buricelli for TIME. 

“An Intimate Portrait of Life in Sierra Leone” is “A local from the Aberdeen district of Freetown” Robbie Lawrence.

“The Dalai Lama Has Been the Face of Buddhism for 60 Years. China Wants to Change That” is “Six decades on, the Dalai Lama still hopes he will visit his birthplace again.” Ruven Afanador for TIME.

“An Intimate Look at Life Inside the Migrant Caravan” is “A young man from Honduras travels with his eight-month-old daughter’s shoe on a chain around his neck at the Jesus Martinez Stadium, in Mexico City, Nov. 7, 2018. Due to the danger of the journey, he left her at home with her mother in Honduras.” Jerome Sessini—Magnum Photos for TIME.

      4. and 5. For “Coronavirus Lockdown” I chose the first picture because I could relate to it the most being bored in bed not knowing what your purpose is for being up.

For “Sierra Leone” the picture I chose reminds me of old movies that I use to watch as a kid and the way it was taken really resonated with me.

For “China Wants to Change That” I chose the very last picture because it really made the monk look noble and it really gave me a feeling of wonder and amazement.

Finally for “Migrant Caravan” I chose the sixth picture because it mean something, even without the description to tell you what is going on you know that there is something seriously emotional connected to that shoe.

6. Coronavirus Lockdown

  • Composition – filling the bottom of the frame but the top is left open
  • Camera angle – High not directly above but higher then eye level
  • Source of lighting – right side
  • Framing of the image- no framing
  • Symbolic elements – none
  • Setting or situation – how she is laying in bed and just thinking

Sierra Leone

  • Composition – Centered
  • Camera angle – high
  • Source of lighting – above and front of the subject
  • Framing of the image- none
  • Symbolic elements – the way that he looks of into the distance makes you wonder what he is looking at.
  • Setting or situation – the time of day and how the light from the waster bounces off of him

China Wants to Change That

  • Composition – Centered
  • Camera angle – eye level
  • Source of lighting – Above
  • Framing of the image- none
  • Symbolic elements – The red cloak and the mountains
  • Setting or situation – time of day and how the mountains give you more to compare the subject to

Migrant Caravan

  • Composition – Filled frame
  • Camera angle – Low, chest level
  • Source of lighting – Natural from top left
  • Framing of the image- none
  • Symbolic elements – the shoe
  • Setting or situation – how zoomed in to the shoe the camera is


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