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Analyzing Visual Rhetoric and Information Literacy Project: Home

The Assignment

We have all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” An analysis of effective and moving pictures, however, requires words and research.


In this unit, we will write about Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs by analyzing both their artistic qualities and the historical, geographical, and cultural milieu they represent. 

Content you will be expected to include in your paper are:

  • Bibliographic snapshot of the photographer
  • Information about the specific event portrayed in the photo
  • Analysis of the photo
  • Place the photo in context to relevant historic, geographic, political, and cultural
  • Audience's response at the time of publication
  • Consequences, both short-term and long-term of the events portrayed.

You are expected to write the paper in proper MLA style. Use a minimum of five (5) peer-reviewed scholarly secondary sources in addition to providing evidence from the photo and attach a Works Cited page to your essay. Therefore, you will have a minimum of six (6) sources listed. Remember to evaluate carefully the validity of your sources.

Newseum: Pulitzer Prize Photographs


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