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Old Photographs: Windows to the Past
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The lessons introduce students to history of photographic technology and what photographs can tell us about life in the past. The issue includes photographs from the National Portrait Gallery and a photographer’s account of working with wildlife.

Students learn to “read” a photograph, looking for clues to its historical context.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1979 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

Download "Art to Zoo: Old Photographs: Windows to the Past" (PDF).

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Old Photographs: Windows to the Past

Art to Zoo is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. Teachers may duplicate the materials for educational purposes.

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