2OPTIC It’s an acronym and a method for analyzing images! Overview PartsTitleImages/InterrelationshipsConclusion
3The Holocaust Memorial Center presents a series of paintings by Samuel Pruchno, a survivor of the Holocaust. The image above is a detail from Mr. Pruchno’s “Roll Call,” when the Nazi captors would demand a physical accounting of each inmate.
4OverviewDescribe what you see: write one sentence describing anything recognizable and its purpose in the visual. Include information about the category (painting, photograph, poster, advertisement, etc), the period (era) of the setting, and anything that is occurring.EX: The painting above portrays the physical roll call which would occur frequently in the concentration camps during WWII; individuals would be made to stand in straight lines for any given length of time while everyone was accounted for.
5PARTS Rows of prisoners blue uniforms 14 groupings of several rows Color(s)PlacementAttitudeSize Rows of prisoners blue uniforms 14 groupings of several rows standing straight, all uniform, hard to see faces very small, viewed as groups rather than individualsSS Guards in green uniforms, long coats individuals scattered around the perimeter official, importantSmall, but easier to identifyBarbed Wire/Electric Fence white, silver placed around the area of the prison yard seems to be preventing escape due to angle of painting, only bits seen
6TItle“Roll Call,” taken by Samuel Pruchno, a survivor of the Holocaust. The image above is a detail from Mr. Pruchno’s “Roll Call,” when the Nazi captors would demand a physical accounting of each inmate.
7Images/Interrelationships Determine the relationships between parts. What are the relationships between the images? In other words, how the parts are related, both to one another and the image as a whole. Consider how the parts come together to create a mood or convey an idea or argument.CaptivityPerseverenceSS guards hold power over prisoners in blue uniformsPrisoners in blue remain in erect positionsBarbed wire surrounding perimeter holds prisoners within the camp, preventing and deterring escapeLittle blatant interaction among the guards and prisoners
8ConclusionWrite a conclusion paragraph about the image as a whole: think about what the artist, photographer, creator, or designer might be trying to capture and convey, and what ideas, arguments, or implications this image presents.EX: As a survivor of the Holocaust himself, Samuel Pruchno manages to portray one of the most commonly referred to instances of life in a concentration camp: the roll call. Prisoners would be awoken at any hour of the morning/night and lined up in straight, uniform lines, such as those depicted in the painting. Inmates would remain in an erect position for as long as it took SS guards to physically account for all bodies, dead or alive. Barbed wire fences surrounded the perimeter of the prison yard to prevent prisoners from escape.
9The Experimental Injection by David Olère The Experimental Injection by David Olère. A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York. The infamous Dr. Mengele administers an injection as terrified prisoners look on.OPTIC