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ENG 1A (Robinson) - Photography Research: Home


This is a library guide for English 1A students doing research on a famous photograph, its photographer, its historical and cultural significance, and the public's reaction to it.  You will find tools for locating reference sources, books, and images from the Library's print and online collections as well as web sources.

Here is a list of famous photographs to choose from


#1 The Terror Of War, Nick Vt, 1972
#2 The Burning Monk, Malcolm Browne, 1963
#3 Starving Child And Vulture, Kevin Carter, 1993
#4 Lunch Atop A Skyscraper, 1932
#5 Tank Man, Jeff Widener, 1989
#6 Falling Man, Richard Drew, 2001
#7 Alan Kurdi, Niliifer Demir, 2015
#8 Earthrise, William Anders, NASA, 1968
#9 Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki, Charles Levy, 1945
#10 V-J Day In Times Square, Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945
#11 Pillars Of Creation, Nasa, 1995
#12 Fire Escape Collapse, Stanley Forman, 1975
#13 A Man On The Moon, Neil Armstrong, 1969
#14 Albino Boy, Biafra, Don Mccullin, 1969
#15 Jewish Boy Surrenders In Warsaw, 1943
#16 Bloody Saturday, H.s. Wong, 1937
#17 Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange, 1936
#18 The Hindenburg Disaster, Sam Shere, 1937
#19 Guerillero Heroico, Alberto Korda, 1960
#20 Leap Into Freedom, Peter Leibing, 1961
#21 Flag Raising On Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal, 1945
#22 Emmett Till, David Jackson, 1955
#23 Cotton Mill Girl, Lewis Hine, 1908
#24 Muhammad Ali Vs. Sonny Liston, Neil Leifer, 1965
#25 Saigon Execution, Eddie Adams, 1968
#26 Black Power Salute, John Dominis, 1968
#27 Bandit's Roost, Mulberry Street, Jacob Riis, Circa 1888
#28 The Loch Ness Monster, 1934
#29 The Hooded Man, Sergeant Ivan Frederick, 2003
#30 American Gothic, Gordon Parks, 1942
#31 Kent State Shootings, John Paul Filo, 1970
#32 JFK Assassination, Frame 313, Abraham Zapruder, 1963
#33 The Falling Soldier, Robert Capa, 1936
#34 Birmingham, Alabama, Charles Moore, 1963
.#35 Michael Jordan, Co Rentmeester, 1984
#36 Untitled (Cowboy), Richard Prince, 1989
#37 Molotov Man, Susan Meiselas, 1979
#38 Times Square Kiss, Alfred Eisenstaedt ,1945
#39 The Catch, Walter Iooss Jr., 1982
#40 Elian Gonzales Raid, Alan Diaz, 2000
#41 Boston Marathon Bombing, John Tulmacki, 2013
#42 Fireman and Baby Oklahoma City Bombing. Charles Porter, 1995
#43 Starving Baby and Vulture, Kevin Carter, 1993
#45 Einstein, Arthur Sasse, 1951
#46 Firefighters Raise the Flag, Thomas E Franklin, 2001
#47 Lunch atop Skyscraper,
#48 Afghan Girl, Steve McCurry, 1985

Oakland Museum of California

Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing

May 13, 2017 - August 13, 2017

Presenting approximately 100 photographs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California, this exhibition takes a unique approach to a beloved American photographer by examining how her artistry and advocacy swayed minds and prompted significant change in this nation’s history.

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Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange. White Angel Bread Line, San Francisco, 1933. The Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California


From the East Bay Times:

"Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo" (5/2/16)


Possible Topics to Research

Examples of topics:

Photographers Photographs
  • Dorothea Lange
  • Ansel Adams
  • Annie Liebovitz
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Alfred Stieglitz
  • Edward Weston
  • Gordon Parks
  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • Jacques Henri Lartigue
  • Paul Strand
  • Arnold Genthe
  • Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange
  • Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal
  • V-J Day by Alfred Eisenstaedt
  • Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla by Eddie Adams
  • Human Embryos by Lennart Nilsson
  • Demi Moore (Vanity Fair magazine) by Annie Liebovitz
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road by Iain Macmillan


  • Vietnam War
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • World War II
  • Great Depression
  • 9/11

Subject Guide

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Frances Hui