The Cruel Radiance

The Cruel Radiance, 2012, Susie Linfield, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0-226-48251-4. This is a very interesting book and I found it to be a good read. Linfield writes in defence of photography against what she describes as a popular and institutional attack on the medium by critics and even other photographers. SheContinue reading “The Cruel Radiance”

A critical reflection.

My brief The readings, research and exercises should have led you to think about self portraiture in a variety of ways. Some practitioners deliberately play with ideas of fluidity and multiple selves, whilst still being anchored to a nominal self. Selfies, often used as self promotion, are intimately linked to their intended audience. Create aContinue reading “A critical reflection.”

Planning and Preparation for Assignment 3

Shaun Mullins (Untitled) 2020, Different Selves My brief The readings, research and exercises should have led you to think about self portraiture in a variety of ways. Some practitioners deliberately play with ideas of fluidity and multiple selves, whilst still being anchored to a nominal self. Selfies, often used as self promotion, are intimately linkedContinue reading “Planning and Preparation for Assignment 3”

Summary for Part 3, “Look at Me!” – The Representation of Self.

In section 3, “Look at Me!”, I studied the subject of ‘self’ and how it has and is used and interpreted in the portrait. I learned that the idea of the ‘selfie’ goes back beyond photography. Originally the early selfies where exclusively for the rich and powerful to express wealth and more importantly, power, examplesContinue reading “Summary for Part 3, “Look at Me!” – The Representation of Self.”

Summary for Part 2, Other

Part 2, Other, began by looking at how photography has played its part in violence against the other, siting Victorian photography as one example of asserting colonial power over weaker subjected peoples of other ethnic and cultural societies. Artists such as Mark Sealy have been addressing these troubling histories with work and exhibitions such asContinue reading “Summary for Part 2, Other”

Four image-repertoires – Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes writes in his book Camera Lucida (2000) London: Vintage Classics: The portrait-photograph is a closed field of forces. Four image-repertoires intersect here, oppose and distort each other. In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am,Continue reading “Four image-repertoires – Roland Barthes”

Reading Task – ‘The Lives of Others’ by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

The Lives of Others The above link is for the essay’ The Lives of Others, (2015) by Stanley Wolukay-Wanambewa. (2015), first appeared in issue 17 of the Aperture Photography App. He starts his essay critiquing a photo book of the Dutch photographer Jan Hoek’s New Ways of Photographing the New Masai (Art Paper Editions, 2014). Notes andContinue reading “Reading Task – ‘The Lives of Others’ by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa”

Exercise 2.1 – National Press

From studying Stuart Hall’s ideas of how an intended massage can be interpreted by different people: DOMINANT, NEGOTIATED, OPPOSITIONAL from my Reading Point 2.1 exercise, I have analysed this news media image using Hall’s three points-of-view. Daily Mail, Monday, 8th June, 2020, headline: “LAWLESS & RECKLESS”. This photo taken during the “Black Lives Matter” protestsContinue reading “Exercise 2.1 – National Press”

Melanie Manchot

Melanie Manchot, born 1966, Germany, studied in New York before moving to London to complete her studies, London based. Manchot first came to prominence with photographs she made of her naked mother both in the studio and against backgrounds of landscapes and cityscapes which was a contributor to a growing debate around the representation ofContinue reading “Melanie Manchot”

Definition of ‘Other’

Stephen Bull in his book Photography (2010) Abingdon: Routledge. Bull discusses how in the 18th and 19th century anthropology linked to colonialism recorded and catalogued native people around the world allowing comparison across races and with the intention of comparing who and what they considered superior and who and what was in their opinion inferior.Continue reading “Definition of ‘Other’”

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