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This LibGuide will assist students with finding the resources necessary to complete Ms. Stockman's photographer research project.

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This LibGuide contains information and resources for faculty and students to learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it. Click on the tabs to find various resources that will help you understand what plagiarism means and tips on avoiding plagiarism. If you need help, please contact your teacher or Library Media Specialist. 
What is Plagiarism?
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:
  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

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Your Assignment

You have been assigned this project to gain a deeper understanding of a selected photographer through research of their life as it pertains(ed) to the field of photography; and to learn the style and subject matter of their photography. You will present  your project to the class via Google Slides or another type of presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, Prezzi, etc.). You are expected to follow the criteria  as described in the Photography I: Research Project assignment document. 

Peruse this list of Famous Photographers (past and present) and make a selection. 

Guidelines for Your Photographer Research

Part 1: BIOGRAPHY – Include a brief history of the photographer

  • Date of birth/date of death (if still alive, please indicate that)

  • Country of origin 

  • Schooling, if any

  • Camera and equipment your photographer used; this should coincide with the time period in which they lived (I will provide help)

Part 2: CONTRIBUTIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS – How has your photographer contributed to the field of photography? 

  • What is your photographer most famous for doing?  
  • Did he/she create a new technique?  Did he/she change photographic history?  
  • What are some of their notable accomplishments? (books, exhibits, awards)
  • What is one of their most famous works? (Insert image, title & date)

Part 3: STYLE & EXAMPLES – What and how did you photographer shoot?

  • What is/was their genre of photography? (for example, documentary, portraiture, nature, fine art, etc)

  • What are typical subjects of your photographer? 

  • What have other people said about their work? Use quotes from people or the photographer themselves, to help support or further define their style. 

Include THREE photo examples of your photographer’s work. You MUST include the following information for EACH photo selected: 

  • Title 

  • Date 

  • 2 Elements of Art

  • 2 Principles of Design 

  • 1 Composition Technique

Part 4: INFLUENCE AND INSPIRATION - Why did you choose this photographer?


  • Why did you select this photographer?  

  • What was the most interesting fact you learned about this photographer?

  • How will their work influence your photography?  

Include TWO photo examples of your photographer’s work AND your emulation of their work. (Two sets of theirs and yours photographs; side-by-side comparisons.)

Part 5: RESOURCES – You MUST include your resources in a Works Cited page.


  • You are allowed to use two or more REPUTABLE websites. 
  • Try to include at least one book source. 
  • You MUST cite your photos. Be sure to follow proper grammar rules and proper citation of any quotes.
  • You may use MLA format.


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MLA Citation Style Resources

Citation Helper LibGuide: MLA, APA & Chicago - This guide includes information about citing your sources, including MLA, APA and Chicago / Turabian citation styles.