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Photos Framed: A Fresh Look at the World's Most Memorable Photographs

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Portrait. Nature. Art. Documentary. A look at some of the world’s most iconic photographs invites viewers to focus on the medium’s place in art and history.

Photographs can be beautiful or harrowing, honest or manipulative, dramatic or comforting. Photos Framed explores twenty-seven of the most important and vivid photos taken over the medium’s history, from a formal
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Candlewick Press

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Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lot of potential for teaching with this book in grades 6-8. It's well written and formatted in a way that makes it reader-friendly for this audience. I'd use in small groups to foster collaborative conversations and I'd use as part of a social studies unit at the beginning of the year that launches the concept of primary sources. As part of collaborative conversations, student pairs or trios could engage in the following:
1) Looking closely at the photo on each two-page spread and answering the
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, library
This book is unique and refreshing. I think anyone would enjoy this book from little children to adults as it presents photographs with explanations of the photos on the opposite page and questions to consider as you stare over the picture. There are familiar pictures that I believe most everyone would know, like Buzz Aldrin’s Walk on the Moon or the Afghan Girl which was on the cover of National Geographic. There are a total of 27 photographs sectioned off into 4 categories: portrait, nature, ...more
Elaine Bearden
probably grade 4 /5 and up
looks cool
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book piqued my curiosity as soon as I saw its cover. Immediately, I was reminded of my days of high school journalism classes. As I read the book and viewed the photos, I found myself extremely engaged with all of the text's features. With each photograph, the authors included background information about the photograph and photographer, along with possible topics of discussion. They even pointed out key features of each photograph, which helped me to discover aspects of the photos that I ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this book. This book does more than just show off famous photographs, it encourages the reader to examine them closely and ask themselves questions about the photographer's intent, the subject of the photos, the technique, etc. Each page has a photograph along with a description of the context, questions for the reader to ask, and in some cases a "zoomed in" aspect of one element of the photo to examine more closely. There are photos here from the late 1800s all the way to ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book is phenomenal. It takes art and history and combines them into an epic look at the history of photography and the world. I am definitely going to use this book in my classroom next year. Each photograph includes information about the photo, information about the photographer, three photo thoughts questions, a “blow up” section that looks at a certain part of the photograph, a “zoom in” which looks at elements of the photograph,
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Many of the photos in this book will be familiar to readers and so will catch their attention. It's great to have some back story to the photos and to learn a bit about the photographers that took them. In addition to providing information, the book also asks the reader to think about many questions as they look at the photos. The questions don't necessarily have a right or wrong answer and no answer is provided. The questions may lead to some fantastic thinking
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book forces readers to zoom in on elements of photography and then zoom out on each photograph to provide context and history. I spent a long time on each page and appreciated the way the author took in the beauty and complexity of each photograph. Teachers often do a lot of close reading in the classroom. I'd love to use this text used as a parallel for close reading. The teacher and students would spend time zooming in and zooming out on the photograph. Then, we could look at a class text ...more
Matthew Hundley
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a Dorothea Lange quote featured in this book (p. 41) "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." In a world where we witness a barrage of images each day it is good to gain some understanding how to process what you're looking at. What is ordinary? What is extraordinary? What is documentary? What is staged? What is true? What is modified? Extraordinary photographers teach us to "find something interesting in an ordinary place" (Elliot Erwitt, p. 51). ...more
Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely smorgasbord of twenty-seven noteworthy photographs pulled from the early days of photography up to the present. Each photo appears as a full color reproduction in one of four categories: portraits, art, nature, and photojournalism. Many famous photos are included, such as Afghan Girl, Ansel Adams’ The Tetson and the Snake River, Earthrise, Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych, Lange’s Migrant Mother, and Tank Man. On each page facing the photo, the author provides background about the photo ...more
Carol Kennedy
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tristate-reviews
This fabulous book provides an introduction to the world of photography for the young adult who is interested in the subject, or for anyone who browses through it. Twenty-seven iconic photographs are featured, some in black and white and others in color, along with text giving biographical details about each photographer, special aspects to be noted about each photo, and a quotation by the artist or another expert. Especially exciting : the photo of Picasso drawing with an electric light, the ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic photography book that allows the reader to look at interesting photos and learn specific information about them. The photos, taken somewhere between 1844-2011, are page-sized, and include a small section on enlarging a certain part of the photo (“blow up”) and “zoom in.” Each photo has a small amount of text describing the photo, the photographer, photo thoughts.

The book groups these photos into one of four categories - portraits, nature, art photography and documentary-style. There
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting and a great way to get young people to start thinking about what they see in photographs, the techniques behind them and the responses evoked. The text is clear and I liked the format and most of the questions posed to the reader in the Photo Thoughts sections. I also liked the organization of the book, dividing the pictures into categories: portrait, nature, photography as art, and documentary. I was bothered by the subtitle though. Indeed there ARE some very memorable photographs ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
This book is a great conversation starter. It introduces a few dozen very famous or thought-provoking pictures and then tells you about them and their photographers. It then asks you questions to guide your appreciation of each shot. What I really loved is that no correct answers are given (as none truly exist) to encourage debate and discussion. This would be fantastic in a history or art class and I'll make sure it's in my library!
Edward Sullivan
The stories behind twenty-seven iconic photographs with brief discussions of their artistic and/or historic relevance. Thomson groups the photos into the four thematic sections of portraits, nature, documentary, and art. I particularly like the questions Thomson poses to readers challenging them to consider such concepts as aesthetics, composition, perspective, and intentions of the photographer.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A straightforward and lovely representation of some of the most widely recognized examples of the art of photography. The brief history attached to each photograph is succinct while still being informative and brings great perspective to each piece.
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Contains excellent pictures.. Goes into detail about the picture and the photographer. Really like how the book pick a spot on the photo that really enhance the photo and points it out to the reader.
Michele Knott
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very cool book to use in any classroom. Use it to show how to closely look, just like we closely read. See the details. See the parts. See the whole. Using famous photographs and art, Thomson shows details of each still and invites you to look closely at the details.
Regina Hoskins
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Very interesting background information on each picture. This could be a great book to use for primary sources. However, I wish the author provided more information on why these pictures were chosen, because I found some of them to be much more memorable than others.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal! Thomson makes the elements of photography accessible to upper elementary students and beyond. Factual information extends the photo.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book of 27 images and the stories behind them. I will be using the images for quick writes in language arts class.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This is more of a kids' textbook than a general interest book. But hopefully you can still learn a little about the photographs if you get it from the library.
Debby Baumgartner
Examines different photographers work and prespective in famous photographs taken between 1844 and 2011.
Natalie VanDusen
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. So many uses and conversations this book could start.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book about my favorite hobby. Great book to introduce children to photography.
Mary Lee
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Art. History. Nonfiction. Photography.

A fascinating book. Review to come.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Interesting book on photography and the how and why of some iconic images.
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Ruth Thomson is an author and editor of many children's books. She has an MA in museum and gallery education and lives in London.