Lesson 7

Content: Photography and Truth


In the seventh lesson, students are asked to reflect on the concept of truth in photography. Does a photograph always tell the truth? How can we understand the photographer’s intent when making a picture? Students consider William Klein’s well-known photograph Gun 1 along with variants of the image, and discuss how the notion of truth changes from image to image. Picking up on context clues and symbols, students will be able to understand and know that photographers make choices in order to create content and meaning.

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