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”

Photography Today

Photography Today, 2014, by Mark Durden, London: Phaidon. ISBN: 978-0-7148-4563-0. This is an illustrated book examining the work of contemporary photographic artists from the 1960s to present day. The book is divided into subjects covering: The Copy: Authorship and Reproduction, The Face: The Pose and the Mask, Colour: Surface and Depth, The Street: Discord and Harmony,Continue reading “Photography Today”

Image Makers Image Takers

Image Makers Image Takers, 2010, by Anne-Celine Jaeger, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN: 978-0-500-28892-4. This book examines different subjects practiced in contemporary photography by prominent contemporary artists and Art Photography related professionals with interviews asking them about their philosophies? Inspirations and influences? Equipment and technical methods used? Etc. Subjects covered: Art, Documentary, Fashion and Advertising,Continue reading “Image Makers Image Takers”

The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life by Erving Goffman

Goffman, E. 1990, The Presentation Of Self In Everyday Life, London: Penguin Books. ISBN: 978-0-14-013571-8. First published in 1959, this book is a little dated in terms of reference to racial circumstances. However, on the whole this is a useful book to read, particularly for visual artists such as actors, and also playwrites, authors, andContinue reading “The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life by Erving Goffman”

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”

Graham Smith

Graham Smith, born 1947, British photographer working in Middlesborough and the Northeast of England between the 1970s and 1980s, in the 1990’s Smith curtailed his photography and moved over to working with wood as a professional carpenter. His photography was in a documentary style specialising in the working-class people on Northern England. Who She WantedContinue reading “Graham Smith”

Martin Parr

Martin Parr, born 1952, British documentary photographer, photojournalist and collector of photo-books and boring postcards. The Last Resort 23, (1983-1986) by Martin Parr. On the beach in Nice in the south of France, (2015) by Martin Parr. Margate, Kent, (1986) by Martin Parr. Italy. Pisa. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, (from Small World) (1990) byContinue reading “Martin Parr”

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”

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)”

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