This provocative piece by Angela Strassheim, a former forensic photographer, serves as an excellent example of studium. The image is instantly evocative of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, a cultural standard, but the industrial, consumerist atmosphere twists the classic theme into a biting social commentary.
Melanie Einzig's photo from 9/11 displays a remarkable use of punctum. The angrily smoking twin towers are a part of our cultural lexicon; a heartbreaking image, but one that immediately frames the photo (this element is likely more studium than punctum.) But our eyes soon dart to the UPS delivery man, who makes for a headspinning punctum. What could possibly be more mundane than a package being delivered? But its mundanity serves a purpose – it conjures up personal experiences, however average, which communicate just how shocking those events were. This recontexualization results in perhaps the finest image of that day.