Your proposal should show a clear understanding of the collection of photographs that you intend to analyze.

Pearl Harbor Attack Photography Analysis

A proposal is a sketch of what you intend to do: the more developed your sketch, the better it will help you accomplish the project—the better your project will be. The proposal is NOT a place to be lazy, confused, or mediocre: You should articulate high, clear expectations for your final project analysis of a visual argument. If today you feel confused, lazy, or mediocre as you begin this proposal, out-grow these predictable feelings: It’s your project—decide what you will do.

Our required readings offer the examples of and standards for what you might do as a final project:

  • Berger analyzed the August Sander photograph of the men in suits; he used his analysis to recontextualize the photograph and, thus, achieve an “alternative photography”
  • Sontag analyzed Diane Arbus’s oeuvre and offered general, brilliant insight into the nature of photography itself
  • Barrett offered a simple method of considering the contexts and genres that frame photographs
  • In “The Rhetoric of the Image,” Barthes teaches about the cultural codes and linguistic messages that “frame” a photograph
  • Group mu showed us how plastic elements combine to form iconic elements from which the rhetoric of the image arises
  • Maynard teaches how technology works in the human experience: he treats photography as an extension of our ability to detect and imagine.
  • Elkins says that every photograph spawns an imagination of the body
  • Kress and Van Leeuwen begin to lay out a “grammar” of the photograph
  • In Camera Lucida, moves past the cultural codes of studiumto the fact that something that was there but isn’t anymore, the “that-has-been” … He finds the noeme of photography in this phenomenon
  • And we are NOT finished reading great examples—you must keep up with the reading even as you propose and pursue your project!

Two metaphors:

  • A proposal is a promise that you make to yourself and to the class about what you will do for us.
  • A proposal is a road map that will guide you when you get stuck or need to make pragmatic decisions in the middle of your project.

Your proposal should show a clear understanding of the collection of photographs that you intend to analyze. In your proposal, you should achieve a general understanding of how these images inform, delight, teach, and persuade those who encounter them. You should also achieve a general understanding of how these images interact with texts, institutions, culture, history, art, technology and politics (that is, studium) … Between your proposal and your project, you should achieve brilliant, ethical, virtuoso, expert insight into the arguments that your images make and/or contribute to.

In your proposal, you should also anticipate and articulate your intentions for using the ideas and analytic strategies of our theorists: I expect to see you USING the ideas from our shared readings in your own work—however, you should only use those ideas that are practical and appropriate to your analysis. You can’t use a theorist that you haven’t read and you can’t use analytic concepts that you haven’t practiced using … If you are working towards a project worthy of our course, you will also add to our shared readings: in your proposal, you should anticipate and articulate what else you have discovered in addition to our shared, required bibliography. How will these “additional readings” contribute to your project?

In your proposal, you should also anticipate and articulate some of the ideas from RHETORIC that will help you analyze your artifact. In your proposal (and also in your final project), you should understand rhetoric: by now, you should be well past the era of not really understanding rhetoric—our readings, our discussions, your past rhetoric classes, and your own efforts to understand should have taken hold by now. You should have an awareness of when you are using rhetorical ideas in an “orthodox,” traditional way and when you are pushing rhetorical concepts in order to help us understand visual argument. If you are drawing on ideas from other disciplines (media studies, interpersonal communication, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and so forth), you should anticipate and articulate how these concepts can supplement your RHETORICAL analysis.

Finally, in your proposal you should probably articulate some awareness of why and/or how your analysis of THIS collection of photographs is relevant and helpful to your readers … and, perhaps, even contemporary citizens who will never read your analysis.

If you are worried about such a thing, I would expect your proposal to take the form of a 2-4 page essay. When you cite sources, use a conventional documentation style (MLA, APA, Chicago, …)—use the conventional style PRECISELY for your in-text citations and your works cited listings. You may print your papers 2-sided. I prefer a simple, stapled paper that begins on the first page. Write your name and a description of the assignment in a heading. I’d rather not see a blank title page; I’d rather not have a slippery or colored cover on your paper. STAPLE your paper before you come to class … I don’t carry a stapler with me. (Sometimes I have chapstick in my pocket, but never a stapler …)

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can you do 3 full pages



my final project topic is related to the attack on Pearl Harbor

the proposal should be something about it

this is a photograph analysis course

part of communication


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