Students will work in groups of four, but before doing so, you should do the following individually:

  1. Read the "Task" of this WebQuest very closely.
  2. Write in a Word document a brief outline or couple of paragraphs about what you already know about photography.  Turn this in to your teacher. 

Next, explore these sites to get an overview of the kinds of things that might be in your exhibit.  


Events:  What happened and when

Timeline - History of Photography - History of the Camera
Midley History of early Photography
Lexar Digital Photography Tips | Techniques | Blogs | Lessons
History of Photography -
Photography History in the Yahoo! Directory
History of Photography Timeline
History of Photography Timeline
A History of Photography
Pinhole Photography

Inventors:  What did they discover

Timeline of photography technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ted's Photographics - The History of Photography - Timeline and History

Processes:  How were photos taken and how were they produced.

Ted's Photographics - The fundamental principles of photography explained
A History of Photography

Equipment:  From the pin hole to the digital world

Antique and Classic Camera Web Site For Camera Collectors
Ted's Photographics - Camera Designs - Cameras before 1900
Nikon F History
Digital Camera Timeline: Digital Photography Review
The Magic Mirror of Life: An appreciation of the camera obscura

Photographers:  Their styles

A History of Photography
Ted's Photographics - Alphabetical Index of Photographers

Pictures:  Taken during various times in history

American Museum of Photography (SM) -- View Great Photographs Online -- History of Photography Exhibits
Process Guide #5 - Viewing Photographs
Musée McCord Museum - In the Eye of the Camera

Now you are ready to break off into teams.  Please see your teacher for team assignments.  Join up and choose one of the following decades/time periods and report your choice to your teacher. Hurry, as no groups will be the same.
Prior 1800s
1950-Present Day

Next, within your team, develop some rules for selecting the specific items for your timeline exhibit. What qualities does something need to have? How many items should each team member bring back to the group? What should you be sure to include because it will interest your audience?  Can you find/create a reference for your bibliography page?

Working Ideas:

Open two windows on your computer at the same time for paperless note-taking. Copy and paste into a Word document any pictures, pertinent text, and bibliography information.  You can also type notes as you toggle back and forth between the Web text and your Word document.

Now your group is ready to divide up the task of finding objects based on your criteria.

So who wants to be the:  (Click on each link to determine the responsibilities.)

Events Coordinator

People Person


Picture Person 

Decide together as a team on a final set of exhibits for your virtual museum. Organize the objects and text in timeline order. To maximize the impact, begin with a surprising one and intersperse other special objects throughout.


Now with your timeline and exhibits, produce a PowerPoint virtual museum presentation with a minimum of 12 slides depicting your chosen era.  Your first page should be a title page to include your era and teammate's names and roles.  The last page should include a bibliography of internet sites where your information, pictures, etc. were found.  Please give credit where credit is due.