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Reading Photographs: A Dusty Street

May 14 2012
Instructions

When you look at a photo, do you really take the time to see it? Or do you give it a quick glance before reading the caption?

Try examining this uncaptioned photograph. (To see a larger version, click "Dusty Street Photo" on the left.) What can you learn from careful analysis alone? Answer these questions about what you see.

    Photo, Ansel Adams, Library of Congress


  1. What do you see in the far background?
    A.

    Mountains

    B.

    Ocean

    C.

    Skyscrapers

    D.

    Fields


  2. What sort of weather do the young people in the photo seem to be dressed for?
    A.

    Hot

    B.

    Cold

    C.

    Below freezing

    D.

    Mild


  3. What are the young people carrying?
    A.

    Sandbags

    B.

    Wrapped presents

    C.

    Books

    D.

    Clothing


  4. What could you look at in this photo to help you determine the year (or at least decade) it was taken in?
    A.

    The sky

    B.

    The young people's clothing and hair

    C.

    The trees in the background

    D.

    The condition of the buildings