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5 September 2016
One Picture Equals A Thousand Words
“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world” (Bruno Barbey). Photography has been in cultures since the 1800s and since then, it has grown to be a widespread practice within society. While photography is a fun activity to partake in, it is also an amazing teacher of history. Photography can make people see what life was like in the past, what people wore, how buildings were structured, how towns lived, etc. Throughout history, photography has evolved from a means to document a current situation to a way to learn about the past and to be informed about the now and therefore it should be used more as a teacher of history.
The main power of photography is that it can be a powerful history teacher. Pegler-Gordon says that “Students themselves mention that images makes the past seem more accessible, giving concrete shape to a world that sometimes seems intangible”. Photography lets society see into the past and observe how society was. It also adds another level of experience to history. Market says that “The photograph documents reality in an instant, using light and time to reproduce a moment, as it is perceived”. If society did not have photographs or photography in general, then this generation would not be able to picture how everything was back then. Society is lucky to have pictures of the past to see how life was like say in the 1900’s. Platt says that “images keep class discussion focused and students engaged”.
Because of this, photography is considered to be a powerful tool in society. Photography in itself can inspire one. Umstattd says that “A powerful picture can be moving, it can evoke emotion and it break every rule of photography”. If a photograph is powerful, it will cause someone somewhere to exert some sort of emotion, whether it be sadness or joy. Even though the art of photography is very useful for recording history and preserving cultural ideas, it is sadly not used to its full potential in today’s society. “The power of photography has extraordinary potential and is underutilized in today’s ever changing world” (Power of Photograph). In today’s society, smart phones are now taking over as the primary option for photography and it’s only casually used and not professionally.
With photography being a powerful tool for history, it is important to use it everywhere so that culture will never die, especially in the local area. With culture “We can see it in the buildings, townscapes, and even in archaeological remains” (The Importance of Cultural History). Every town has culture in it, which makes it beautiful. For example, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is a big part of its culture, just like how the local courthouse has some cultural value. If every local area had no culture to it whatsoever, then it would just become nothing. Wolffe said that “Storied history and modern lifestyle communicate their “age value” to one another”. Every cultural piece in a town shows a special piece of that town, whether it be a courthouse, a park, or a school. Taking a picture of these areas can also evoke many emotions. Hamish Crooks said, “In a single image, you’re looking for a showstopper” (Benedictus) and Michael Hoppen said “I look for things that have a timeless quality” (Benedictus). Pictures can really make someone feel many diverse types of feelings. Viskochil said that “To most people pictures are fun, a comfortable medium that seemingly does not require the use of language skills, formal education, or much life experience.”
In conclusion, the art of photography can be used for many reasons ranging from learning about history to preserving culture in a town. If photography was not a practice society did, then many cultures would slowly fade away. Photography must stay in order to make sure that generations can learn the past, preserve the present, and let the future learn about it.
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