Picture This How Pictures Work

Picture This How Pictures Work, 2000, Molly Bang, San Francisco: Chronicle Books LLC. ISBN: 978-1-58717-030-0. I purchased this book in my charity shop. This is a great little book that takes you back to basics. Using just shapes and colours, Molly Bang deconstructs composition and examines each element that makes a good picture work. TheContinue reading “Picture This How Pictures Work”

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”

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”

Home Truths, Photography and Motherhood

Home Truths, Photography and Motherhood, (2013) Edited by Susan Bright, London: Art Books Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-908970-10-7. This book examines the work of a number of artist who have used the theme of motherhood for their work. The book is divided into four sections, each section introduced with an essay that discusses the specific aspectsContinue reading “Home Truths, Photography and Motherhood”

Self Image, Personal is political (1979) by Angela Kelly

Women’s Identity (1975 – 1979) Angela Kelly This essay, Kelly examines the use and mis-use of self portraiture, to quote Kelly: to determine what relevance a seemingly private practice has to a public audience. (p.410, Wells, 2003). Kelly suggests in her essay, that at the time of writing, self-portraiture had not been properly analysed. AsContinue reading “Self Image, Personal is political (1979) by Angela Kelly”

The Suit and the Photograph (1979) by John Berger

Young Farmers, 1914, August Sander. Country Band, Seigerland, 1913, August Sander. Stadtmissionare, 1931, August Sander. In John Berger’s essay, The Suit and the Photograph, Berger examines Sanders famous photograph The Young Farmers (1914). Berger suggests that the status of these three individuals can be deduced from their clothes. He begins by explaining that the darkContinue reading “The Suit and the Photograph (1979) by John Berger”

Human Rights Human Wrongs by Mark Sealy

Human Rights Human Wrongs The above link introduces Sealy photographic exhibition to quote: “Images can dehumanise us. They can make it easier to kill people,” says Mark Sealy, curator of Human Rights Human Wrongs, currently on exhibit at The Photographers’ Gallery “I grew up in Newcastle, sat on buses with characters calling me ‘Chalky’,” saysContinue reading “Human Rights Human Wrongs by Mark Sealy”

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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