The Self-Portrait A Cultural History

The Self-Portrait A Cultural History, 2015, by James Hall, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN: 978-0-500-29211-2 This book examines the history of the self-portrait, unfortunately I purchased a Kindle edition which unhelpfully doesn’t provide page numbers, this option is greyed out in the menu; so I am only able to quote location numbers (Loc) as providedContinue reading “The Self-Portrait A Cultural History”

Reading Photographs – In Our Own Image, by Fred Ritchin

Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips created the image, titled: Photo Op, in 2005. From Fred Ritchin’s book, In Our Own Image, his essay, Reading Photographs, (Ritchin, 2010) discusses the authenticity of a photograph. He asks, …after all that is happening in computer imaging can one safeguard the integrity of the photograph in its populist roleContinue reading “Reading Photographs – In Our Own Image, by Fred Ritchin”

Larry Sultan

Larry Sultan, 1946 – 2009. An American photographer, he began as a conceptual photographer. In 1977 he and a photographer called Mike Mandel published a collection of photographs they found in government archives that they titled Evidence (1977). They then created large billboards to slow down traffic. Sultan later produced photographs of his parents andContinue reading “Larry Sultan”

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas, born 1948, American documentary photographer, best known for her photographs taken in war-torn Nicaragua and American carnival strippers. El Salvador (Soldiers search bus passengers along the Northern Highway, near Suchitoto, (1980) by Susan Meiselas Molotov Man, (1979) by Susan Meiselas. Untitled, (from Carnival Strippers) (1972-1975) bu Susan Meiselas. Untitled, (from Carnival Strippers) (1972-1975)Continue reading “Susan Meiselas”

Sally Mann

Sally Mann, born 1951, American photographer famous for her large-format black-and-white photographs. She fist photographed her young children then moved on to landscapes suggesting decay and death. Some of her photographs of her children would not be considered acceptable in today’s society due to their nudity and subject matter. Candy cigarette, (1986) by Sally Mann.Continue reading “Sally Mann”

Karen Knorr

Karren Knorr, born, 1954, a German born American photographer currently living in London. Knorr specialises her work on Western cultural traditions focusing on British society, with wide ranging topics from lifestyle to animals. she is interested in conceptual art, visual culture, feminism and animal studies and her work reflects all these. Her photographs taken inContinue reading “Karen Knorr”

Tina Barney

Tina Barney, born 1945, American photographer, famous for her colour portraits of friends and family in New York and New England, printed in large-scale. Barney’s point-of-view was most definitely as an ‘insider’ in her collection, Theatre of Manners (1997). Mark, Amy and Tara, (1983) by Tina Barney. Beverly, Jill and Polly, (1982) by Tina Barney.Continue reading “Tina Barney”

Notes from the Margin of Spoilt Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus By Gerry Badger (1988)

Notes from the Margin of Spoilt Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus by Gerry Badger (1988). The above link will take you to the essay, Notes from the Margin of Spoilt Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus By Gerry Badger Published in Phototexts (1988) Topless dancer in her dressing room, San Francisco, California.Continue reading “Notes from the Margin of Spoilt Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus By Gerry Badger (1988)”

Joel Sternfeld

Joel Sternfeld, born 1944, famously uses a large format camera for his images. Sternfeld is most famous for his American road trip, published in to a book, American Prospects (1987). Sternfeld has also published books about social class and stereotypes in America (Stranger Passing (2001)), an abandoned elevated railway in New York (Walking the High Line (2002)), and SweetContinue reading “Joel Sternfeld”

Katy Grannan

Katy Grannan, born 1969. An American photographer and film maker, he prefers to photograph strangers by placing adverts in newspapers asking for “people for portraits” Our Little Secret (2005) the volunteers sometimes posed nude and often chose to pose in vacant lots or rooms with low ceilings. In a similar project, Dream America, (2000) GrannanContinue reading “Katy Grannan”

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