Friday Film Wrap Up + Soc. Sem. + Art Connections

Hey there,

Happy Friday to you all, and I hope you have a great weekend before the intense research phase of POP begins on Monday. Remember that we will be in the library every day.

If you are leaving for sporting events, and will only be here on Monday and Tuesday, then I have this advice for you: Find as many articles that relate to your topic as you can over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday. Print them. Have them with you in a special folder as you travel. Read them every chance you get. Highlight. Make marginal notations. Keep notes about ideas that spring to mind. Be ready to put those thoughts into action when you return.

Today we will finish Salaam Bombay and have a Socratic Seminar.

Before we do that, I want to take a look at an important Indian photographer who recently passed. His name was Pranlal Patel. Let’s look at this piece that The New York Times did about him:

A Pioneer of Street Photography Leaves Behind Strong Images of Indian Women

As we look at India through the POP Project, it is important that we understand the past. Mr. Patel gives us an interesting perspective: humble yet striking.

Here we can see a collection of his images and a short bio:

The Life and Images of Pranlal Patel

While we’re on the subject of art, I also want to take a look at a painting by Johannes Vermeer. I would like you to focus on the way these critics talk about The Art of Painting, one of his more famous pieces. This is higher order thinking; this is deep analysis; this is academic insight that goes beyond the surface.

Khan Academy: The Art of Painting

It’s a painting of a painter making a painting. So meta, right?! It’s like thinking about thinking, talking about talking, or writing about writing.

Anyway, the takeaway is that you need to go beyond the obvious. You need to focus on small details that are relevant to you and make them relevant to others. This applies to your POP research. Dig deep!

Let’s take a look at some writing responses to Salaam Bombay from Mrs. Brown’s class:

Exploitation in Salaam Bombay


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