Week 2. History of Photography

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Writing Photographic History

Morning session: 10 - 12am in The Greenhouse with Neil Skinner

Afternoon session: 1.30 - 4:00 PM in Portland 1.24 with Will Buckingham, creative writer.


The Literature Search

Meet in The Greenhouse

The Literature Search is one of the crucial tools for any researcher beginning a new project or essay. The ability to gain a quick overview of the field, to know who is writing, where they are writing it, and what they are writing about is a skill that all researchers need, and that should be refreshed from time to time. Today we will both share our favorite tips and tricks with each other, as well as give you some guidance to using the resources available at DMU.

Preparation for this Session Please be prepared to demonstrate your favorite site for finding reliable photographic information.


Writing as a Creative Exercise

Meet at Portland 1.24

This afternoon you will be taught by Will Buckingham as if you were a creative writer. And you are! All historians are storytellers of one kind or another. In order to write good history, you have to tell the story to your audience, otherwise they don't listen.

Preparation for this seminar: Bring your pen, some paper and your best creative thinking.


Please read through the library's homepage if you have not already.

Feedback ( )

The feedback is due by the Monday after the session is offered.

This material should be provided as a short response to the following three questions:

1. In one sentence for each, please note two or three main ideas from this session.


2. What concept(s) need more reinforcement?


3. What two or three aspects of this session did the group like/dislike and why?


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