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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:

  • Acknowledge the interconnectivity between art and history in order to enrich the understanding of the context (photography). 

  • Research the life and works of a photographer from history as it pertains(ed) to the field of photography. 

  • Make a connection between artistic ideas and specific historical references.

  • Integrate historical influences into your own creative works (photographs).

You will present  your project to the class via Google Slides, PowerPoint, paper + oral presentation, or interview + oral presentation (video or audio version). 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. 

**NOTE** Some photographer searches may yield nude photos. You may NOT use any nudity in your research project.**

Guidelines for Your Photographer Research


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

  • Country of origin 

  • Schooling, if any

  • What (if any) life circumstances influenced their photography career, etc.

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


  • What events were happening in history that might have influenced the arts/photography at this time?
  • How might have societal, cultural and/or technical advances shaped your photographer’s career?
  • What is your photographer most famous for doing?
  • Did he/she create a new technique?  How did he/she change photographic history?
  • How did/have they contributed to the photographic field? 


  • What is/was their genre of photography (for example, documentary, portraiture, nature, fine art, etc). 
  • What do you think your photographer was trying to convey with their photos?  (Were they making some sort of political/societal/cultural) point?)
  • What have other people said about their work?
  • Use quotes from people or the photographer themselves, to help support your findings or to further define their style.

Include three photo examples of your photographer’s work. Be sure to include the title of the photograph and the date taken. For each photo example, write a sentence or two to explain how the image connects to an historical, societal, cultural event or a technical advancement.


  • Why did you select this photographer? 

  • How could their work influence your photography? 

  • How could you adopt their style into the context of technology and historical/cultural/societal events of today? (Be specific, citing subject matter, events, techniques, causes, etc.)

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 (print or eBook) source. 
  • You MUST cite your photos. Be sure to follow proper grammar rules and proper citation of any quotes.
  • Use MLA format.


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