Using the resources referenced on the Global Snapshots page, guide students through the process of analyzing a photograph.

 

This first photograph below walks through the steps one at a time. After practicing a few times, you can reference the resources above,
or use the table below:

Step 1: Observe

  • What do you notice?

  • What is interesting?

  • What's happening in this photograph?

  • What else do you notice?

  • How would you describe this photograph in a few words or a sentence?

Step 2: Reflect

  • Where do you think this photograph was taken?

  • When was it taken?

  • Why was this photograph taken? 

  • Why makes you think that?

Step 3: Questions

  • What do you wonder about this photograph?

    • Who?​

    • When?

    • Where?

    • Why?

    • How?

Step 4: Research

  • Optional: You can choose to research the photograph based on:

    • Questions you have about the photograph​

    • Inferences you have about the photograph

    • Inspiration you have from the photograph

Architecture Photograph #1
Row Houses in Bruses, Belgium

Step 1: Observe

  • What do you notice?

  • What is interesting?

  • What's happening in this photograph?

  • What else do you notice?

  • How would you describe this photograph in a few words or a sentence?

Step 2: Reflect
  • Where do you think this photograph was taken?

  • When was it taken?

  • What makes you think that?

  • Why was this photograph taken? What part of the photograph makes you think that?

Step 3: Questions
  • What do you wonder about this photograph? Use these question starters: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How

Step 4: Research
  • You can choose to research the photograph based on:

    • Questions brought to mind by the photograph​

    • Inferences as to where you think the photograph was taken

    • An inspiration from the photograph

Bonus: Check out the photograph above in Google Earth to learn where it was taken.

Architecture Photograph #2
Home on the cana in Amsterdam

Bonus: Check out the photograph above in Google Earth to learn where it was taken.