International Journal of Art & Design Education

Making the Point with a Photograph

Volume 15.1   1996



The current trend towards formal post-graduate courses in research methods provides a platform for equipping the researcher in the visual arts, and the purpose of this article is to draw attention to their potential. Picture library resources are now so diverse that some guidance as to what is available would be beneficial. Common-sense dictates for example, that priority should be given to what they are uniquely able to supply, such as aerial photographs. Awareness of the archival nature of some picture library material is likely to lead fairly rapidly to the acknowledgement of a need to acquire at the very least basic black and white photographic printing skills, since interest in the photographic resources of institutional or commercial collections will extend to consideration of stray negatives in private hands.