As a photographer and an art educator, I want to come to a better understanding of how lens images (photographs, film and television) convey meaning. This is not a trivial or purely academic concern. Recently media educator David Trend has observed that “media studies of any kind are virtually nonexistent in elementary and secondary schools. Yet serious studies of film, photography, and video are need most in these latter areas, as students encounter powerful mechanisms of socialization that will follow them the rest of their lives…Without a pedagogical imperative, the broader mission of progressive culture stands in jeopardy” (Trend, 1988, p. 10). It is hope that the discussion of the meaning of these media initiated here can draw further attention among educators to the power and impact of these lens media.
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