READING PHOTOGRAPHS Questions

READING PHOTOGRAPHS
DESCRIBE. RELATE. ANALYZE. INTERPRET. EVALUATE.
Describe it.
Look at this photograph for a moment. What observations can you make about it?
What kinds of things do you see in this photograph? What else do you see?
What words would you use to describe this photograph? What other words might we use?
How would you describe this photograph to a person who could not see it?
How would you describe the people in this picture? Are they like you or different?
How would you describe (the place depicted in) this photograph?
How would you describe the lines in this picture? The shapes? The colors? What does this photograph show?

Relate it.
What does this photograph remind you of?
What things do you recognize in this photograph? What things seem new to you?
How is this picture different from real life?
What interests you most about this work of art?
How is this photograph like what you have seen before? What are some important differences? And what do those two photographs have in common?

Analyze it.
What is closer to you? Further away?
What can you tell or describe about the colors in this photograph? If it is black & white, how do you describe the value? What color/value is used the most in this photograph?
What makes this photograph look crowded?
What can you tell me about the person in this photograph?
What can you tell me about how this person lived? How did you arrive at that idea?
What do you think is the most important part of this picture?
How do you think the photographer made this work?
What questions would you ask the photographer about this work, if s/he were here?

Interpret it.
What title would you give to this photograph? What made you decide on that title?
What other titles could we give it?
What do you think is happening in this photograph? What else could be happening?
What sounds would this photograph make (if it could)?
What do you think is going on in this picture? How did you arrive at that idea?
What do you think this photograph is about? How did you come up that idea?
Pretend you are inside this photograph. What does it feel like?
What do you think the objects are used for? How did you arrive at that idea?
Why do you suppose the artist made this photograph? What makes you think that?
What do you think it would be like to live in this photograph? What makes you think that?

Evaluate it.
What do you think is good about this photograph? What is not so good?
Do you think the person who made the photograph did a good or bad job? What makes you think so?
Why do you think other people should see this photograph?
What do you think other people would say about this work? Why do you think that?
What grade would you give the artist for this photograph? How did you arrive at that grade?
What would you do with this work if you owned it?

What do you think is worth remembering about this photograph?