“The Photographic Message”

         Roland Barthes’ semiotic theory focuses on a structured system of signs, specifically photographs, as social phenomena. His theory emphasizes how these signs are codes of cultural knowledge and ideologies. In order to fully comprehend all of the implied meanings in an image, one must understand the cultural background that is revealed toContinue reading ““The Photographic Message””

Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis: Two Documentary Photographers

Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis: Two Documentary Photographers       Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis, two 20th century documentary photographers, captured photographs of the living conditions and everyday life struggles of immigrants and lower class families in New York City. Living in New York, they became fascinated with the everyday lifestyles of people around them, bothContinue reading “Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis: Two Documentary Photographers”