Subject Librarian for Art and Architecture
Visual Materials Processing Archivist
Curator, Modern Graphic History Library
Art and Architecture Librarian
Unlike searching for text sources where the subject is often relatively easy to describe, putting images into words can be challenging. Below are general tips for finding useful images.
Actress Jane Fonda (June 18, 1983), AP Images
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Does the image achieve a specific purpose?
What is the impact of the visual message?
Women are achieving more equality in the workforce during WWII and being encouraged to help the effort.
What strategies have been used to influence interpretation?
The man and woman side by side; the man's encouraging demeanor; the genderlessness of their clothing.
Are there visual signs, symbols, and conventions to convey meaning?
The V for victory in the background. The "Rosie the Riveter" head scarf. Lunch pail and thermos indicating factory/machine/physical labor work.
Is the image accurate and reliable?
Yes. Many women worked in factories during the war and did the jobs of men who were soldiers. They worked alongside other men.
What are some aesthetic and design characteristics of images (e.g., use of color, composition, line, shape, contrast, repetition, style)?
Red white and blue are prominent to suggest patriotism. The POV is slightly from below which may suggest "looking up" to the job the women do.
What are the technical characteristics of images (e.g., resolution, size, clarity, file format)?
400 x 610 pixels.
How is the quality of the image, based on indicators such as color accuracy, resolution, manipulation levels, and comparison to other reproductions?
Compared to other reproductions, the color is accurate. It has not been cropped. When looking at the lightest and darkest shades, the levels seem correct.
3. TEXTUAL INFORMATION.
What information accompanies images? Is it accurate, reliable, current, and complete?
After doing an online search for the poster, I confirmed that the information in the caption is accurate and complete. National Archives Record
Is the image source reliable and accurate based on evaluations of authority, and point of view or bias?
Yes, the information comes from the National Archives collection which is a reliable source with no bias.