Zulu Chief



Examine the photograph, source information, and background information to answer the questions below.

Background information: Frank G. Carpenter was a photographer and a journalist from Mansfield, Ohio. Carpenter wrote travel books that were popular in the United States. This photograph was taken in Zululand in the British colony of Natal, an area that is now a province of South Africa.


Title: Zulu Chief
Date of photograph: 1895
Photographer: Frank G. Carpenter

Question 1: What is one feature of the photo that might lead you to question its reliability? Explain your reasoning.

Question 2: What is one thing you would want to know about either Frank Carpenter or how he took this photo to better determine its reliability? Why? 

About the Assessment

Like the Lange assessment, this question asks students to engage in sourcing, contextualization, and corroboration. Students must reason about the content of the photograph and the circumstances of its creation to evaluate its reliability as evidence. It also asks students to think about what information might help corroborate the evidence in the photograph.