The Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress has a great page up on visual literacy, a term that embraces image history, photographic processes, content, and meaning. If you have ever used a magnifying glass on a photograph to try to read a calendar on a wall or a license plate, then you’re employing visual literacy.

LC’s site is a great resource, combining links on Identifying and Interpreting Images, Resources for Learning More About Researching Images, and Researching Specific Prints and Photographs in LC’s Collections. Visit their site at:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/resource/researchertool.html