Today I went back to High School. It wasn’t even my High School. I was a guest for four photography classes at Patrick Henry High School but it was to lecture or teach, nope, I was there to grade student presentations.
The assignment for the students was to put together a presentation on the history of photography. The assignment was set up so that the students were trying to convince a panel why the images they took were important to the history of photography. It was really fascinating to see what the students came up with.
Most started with the first photographs by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre but from then on out the presentations varied greatly. Ansel Adams was mentioned more than once and so was the Kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Some groups focused on a specific idea, like the first time a technology was used, including the first high speed image of a bullet bursting through an apple and the first digital cameras. Some groups took it further and included new images taken by cell phone.
All in all it was a really fun experience to sit and watch how a younger generation views the history of photography.