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ART 305 California State University Northridge Comparison of Images Summary

ART 305

California state university Northridge

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Can you help me understand this Art question?

For this assignment, write a 4-5 page, double-spaced paper, using the standard 5 paragraph essay format, comparing these two images: Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, 1936 with Cindy Sherman's Paintings #92.

Consider the formal elements of color, space and line in these photographs. How does each of these elements inform or influence the deeper content and meaning of these works? Also, take into consideration when the images were made (their context). Does this influence or affect our reading of them? For example, Lange's image was part a series of works that documented the plight of migrant workers during the Depression whereas Sherman's image is a self-portrait "portraying" her version of a "centerfold." The time period in which these images were created is important to how to understand them. Explain.

Note: Your paper should be written in the third person—a more objective mode of presentation than the first person. This paper must follow all the guidelines set out in the syllabus. Please use standard Chicago style or MLA format and cite at least 3 sources in your paper. Please turn it in as a Word .doc file or a PDF.

ART 305 California State University Northridge Comparison of Images Summary
dorothea_lange_s_migrant_mother.jpg
ART 305 California State University Northridge Comparison of Images Summary
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Surname 1
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Comparison of Images
Comparing these two images: Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, 1936 with Cindy
Sherman's Paintings #92
Dorothea Lange remains one of the most influential 20th-century photographers.
Dorothea Lange was well known for her immense during the Great Depression. In particular, she
is known for her belief in the power of photography and dedication to social justice. As a
photographer and a photojournalist, Dorothea Lange took a number of photos. Among all the
photographs that she ever took, the Migrant Mother remains the most famous. On the other hand,
Cindy Sherman remains a significant figure in the picture generation. Cindy Sherman lived
during the late 20th century. As a photographer, Cindy Sherman is recognized for several
photographs. One of her images is #92. Therefore, this paper attempts to compare Dorothea
Lange's Migrant Mother, 1936, with Cindy Sherman's Paintings #92.
Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother is considered the iconic photograph of the Depression
and one of the most common photos of the 20th century. This piece portrays a woman with her
children cringing around her while hiding their faces. The woman has been portrayed gazing
anxiously into the distance. On the other hand, Cindy Sherman's Paintings #92 is an image of
Sherman herself. In the picture, Sherman is portrayed as someone in trouble. Hunkered on the
ground, she horrendously looks away from the camera (Lemke, p.85).

Surname 2
From the two images, it is crystal clear that they not only differ in terms the characters
portrayed but also in terms of photography elements such as but not limited to color, space, and
lighting. Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother is a black and white image of a sad and gloomy
woman and...

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