For the first Analyze This!!! assignment, we would like you to investigate contemporary election photographs. Seek out campaign photographs of one of the current candidates for President (Obama, Santorum, Perry, Romney, Paul, Gingrich, or, even though she has officially dropped out of the race, Michelle Bachmann, whose campaign website is still available). Choose one photograph for your analysis. Using Roland Barthes’s observations in “Photography and Electoral Appeal” as a guideline (and you may wish to quote from the essay as well), provide a brief analysis of that photograph as part of your blog entry. You may wish to include the photograph or include a link to it as part of your post.
For another approach to this assignment, you might focus your analysis on a campaign song or on a video advertisement rather than a photograph, although still using Barthes’s observations to guide the analysis.
Your blog entry should be posted before Monday ’s class (January 23). Your analysis should be in the 400-500 word range.
Please note: Focus on photographs that have some official and legitimate source. As we all know, there’s a lot of really trashy stuff to be found on the internet, much of it of dubious authenticity, and some of it obviously photoshopped. Let’s start with official campaign materials as the basis for the analysis.