Now that you know more about Documentary Photography you will be working with a small group to complete the Research assignment for this Unit. Please make sure you've read the Documentary Photography page first before you start on the assignment. You will not have the knowledge needed to be a helpful contributor to the rest of the assignment if you don't click the links and read. I will be grading whether or not you text coded so do be sure to read and code!

Find the Group and Photographers you've been assigned to below. Then click the link marked Voicethread Directions. It will take you to an example of what you will be doing for the assignment.

A Day Group 1: Allie B, Rose R, Grace B

B Day Group 1: Eric B, Shelby C, Mattie
Photographers: Jacob Riis, Gordon Parks and Russell Lee

A Day Group 2: Amanda K, Megan R, Evan O
B Day Group 2: Joan, Marissa K, Liz
Photographers: Jack Delano, Lewis Hines, Roy Stryker

A Day Group 3: Andrew S, Kate D, Gwen S
B Day Group 3: Taylor C, Alexis J, Shannen
Photographers: Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott

A Day Group 4: Jacob B, Ashley H, Ashley T, Brad L
B Day Group 4: Abby VH, Annika, Paige, Bethany
Photographers: Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Carl Mydans

A Day Group 5: Brenna M, Elizabeth W, Maci W,
B Day Group 5: Bailey, Marissa F, Sybelle
Photographers: Margaret Bourke-White, Harold Corsini, Bernice Abbott

A Day Group 6: Courtney S, Emily W, Lianne P
B Day Group 6: Rebecca D, Melissa W, Megan G
Photographers: John F. Vachon, Esther Bubly, Louise Rosskam

A Day Group 7: Kate K, Lyndsay S, Gabrielle C.
Photographers: Edwin Locke, Fenno Jacobs, John Collier

A Day Group 8: Gabrielle M, Emily J,Karen W,
Photographers: Ansel Adams (his internment camp photos), Arnold Genthe, Ann Rosener

While doing your research as a group take notes of the following and jot down the answers in a Pages document and save for later. Also save jpg images from the Internet into your Digital Photography Folder in a new Folder called Documentary Web Research.

  1. Discuss very briefly who each photographer was/is (brief biography) and especially mention important info that made photography their medium of choice. Make sure the biographic facts you share are pertinent to our understanding of this photographer. ( like I don't want to know that they cut their finger when they were 7 unless it relates to why they're photographers :)
  2. Explain what type of photography work/subject the photographers were known for and how their work informed people of a cause or situation.
  3. How did their photography make a difference?
  4. Explain whether or not they were associated with the WPA or FSA.
  5. Explain when and where they did their photos.
  6. Explain how their work will influence your own.


Once your group has completed their research; both written notes and photo images you will be creating a Voicethread to share with the class. This Voicethread will serve as your presentation to the class. As part of the final rubric you will not only have to create your own Voicethread, but you will need to view each group's from the class and then comment on at least 2 other group's threads.

You can watch my Voicethread here or click here and watch my on the Voicethread site.

After you've viewed the Voicethread and done the research go back to the School Fusion and you will find the link for the Documentary Voicethread Rubric. It has more details about the required elements.

Here is more information about setting up your Voicethread and how to use Voicethread. The login information will be in the School Fusion Rubric Document


VoiceThread is web 2.0 tool that allows the user to combine images, text, and video to create a multimedia slide show. Once the presentation has been created other users can leave video, audio, and text comments. Pewaukee School District has a VoiceThread account with all students and staff having access via a secure login.

Some Helpful Hints When Creating Your Voicethread

  1. Have one person from your group be in charge of creating all the slides for the entire presentation.
  2. Share their slideshow with the other members of the group so you all can access and edit it.
  3. Give each member of your group editing privileges so they can all add to it.
  4. Create a folder for your group on the Share folder so you can share images and words.
  5. Your login username is: so John Smith would be:
  6. Your password is your student ID

A4 Digital Photography Group on Voicethread

B4 Digital Photography Group on Voicethread

Here is a video on how to join a group if you don't get the link above to work.

A4 Post your final Voicethreads here.

B4 Post your final Voicethreads here.

LASTLY: Now that the Voicethread and research is finished you will find the link to the Documentary Photography Assignment on School Fusion. You will need to start planning your project and figuring out what to document.