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Glass Plate Negatives – James Bragge

Episode:21Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context, Social Sciences: Continuity and Change Economic World

Description:Before digital cameras, taking a photo wasn't as simple as point and click. One hundred and fifty years ago a photographer had to hitch a darkroom to a horse to capture his travels through the Wairarapa.

Questions for students

  1. The presenter describes some of the limitations or problems photographers faced 150 years ago. List the ones you remember. For each one, explain how photographer James Bragge got around the problem.
  2. Compare the use of photography in Bragge's day with the ways people take and use photographs now. What is the same? What has changed? Make a comment about your response to Bragge's photographs.
  3. How did Bragge advertise his services? How does that compare with modern advertising? Use the 'Then and now' response template to record your ideas.
  4. How does photography help us understand how people view and use places differently?
  5. What questions occurred to you as you watched this Tale? How could you find out more?

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Then and now