Photo Essay Questions

Detroit Photo-Essay Analysis


Select one of the photographs from “Detroit’s Beautiful, Horrible Decline” and complete the following.


  1. Evaluate the photograph.  What is the photograph of?  What objects do you see?  What emotion does it invoke?
  2. Research the history of the building depicted in the photograph.  If possible, find a photograph of how it used to look.  What purpose did the building once serve?  Was it an important place in the city?
  3. Compare how the building used to be to how it is today.  How is the building a microcosm of the city of Detroit?  In other words, how could a person understand the deterioration of Detroit by studying the deterioration of the building you chose?