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How to Read a Photograph Preparation for “Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modern Photography” at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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1 How to Read a Photograph Preparation for “Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modern Photography” at the Cleveland Museum of Art

2 Take a Stand A photographer has a responsibility to depict the truth. Agree: To the WINDOWS Disagree: To the WALL

3 What IS truth? RadioLab: “In the Valley of the Shadow of Doubt” /story/ in-the- valley-of-the-shadow-of- doubt/

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6 Surrealism 0 Surreal (adj.): 0 Marked by the intense irrationality of a dream 0 Unbelievable, fantastic, bizarre 0 Surrealism (n.): 0 A twentieth-century artistic movement exploring the unconscious as a “truer” representation of reality 0 The use of seemingly-irrational juxtapositions in an art work’s subject, technique, or effects

7 L’oeil à l’état sauvage The eye in its WILD STATE “There is nothing more surreal than reality itself.” --Brassaï, surrealist photographer

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9 How to Read a Photograph 0 Step One: OBSERVE 0 List at least observations WITHOUT INTERPRETATION. These can include… 0 Objects that appear 0 Colors and light 0 Use of negative space 0 Notes on perspective 0 Notes on technique 0 Any other observation (in TOK )

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11 How to Read a Photograph 0 Step TWO: INTERPRET 0 Now start to interpret your observations. Take notes in your journal. Think about… 0 Is symbolism present? 0 What is the story behind the photo? 0 How does this photo fit in with larger themes of surrealism? 0 What is the artist’s message? 0 What was the artist’s intention? 0 Who is the intended audience? 0 What does the photo make you feel or think about? 0 What associations does the photo bring up? 0 Why were you drawn to this photo? (in TOK )

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13 How to Read a Photograph 0 Step THREE: CONNECT 0 Write a journal entry connecting the photograph to surrealism and to larger TOK themes. Consider… 0 In what way is this photo an example of surrealism? (In subject? Technique? Meaning? Perspective? Something else?) 0 How does this photograph depict “the eye in its wild state”? 0 What is the artist’s message about reality or truth? Do you agree? 0 What WOKs do you think the artist used in creating the piece? What WOKs are you using to interpret it? 0 What knowledge can you gain from this photograph? 0 Does the artist have a responsibility to convey truth? Does this photographer meet that responsibility? 0 What KQs does this photo raise? (in TOK )

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