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”

After You Dearest Photography, Reflections on the work of Francesca Woodman (1998) By David Lee Strauss

Francesca Woodman, Self-portrait, (1977) Strauss looks at the work by the artist Francesca Woodman, many of her pictures were self portraits. Sadly Woodman took her own life, whilst still only 22 years old. This latter fateful knowledge cannot help influencing the way we view her art. Because these are photographs, “evidence of a novel kind,”Continue reading “After You Dearest Photography, Reflections on the work of Francesca Woodman (1998) By David Lee Strauss”

Photography and Belief by David Lee Strauss

Photography and Belief (1991) by David Lee Strauss In David Levi Strauss’ essay, Photography and Belief, Strauss looks at how photography is facing new challenges as a result of new digital imaging technology and how this technology is throwing into question the future integrity of photography. Photography as mechanical reproduction almost immediately altered the auraContinue reading “Photography and Belief by David Lee Strauss”

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”

Zed Nelson

Zed Nelson, born 1965, film director and photographer, famous for his celebrity portraits and his for the gallery projects. Zed Nelson David Tennant, b. 1971. Actor 2011 © Zed Nelson. Paul Weller, singer. Photographed at his recording studio in Kent. (date unknown) by Zed Nelson. “It’s my constitutional right to own a gun and protect my family.”Continue reading “Zed Nelson”

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”

Larry Clark

Larry Clark, born 1943, film director and photographer famous for his controversial film Kids (1985) and his photography book Tulsa. (1971) New York: Lustrum Press. The book illustrates black-and-white photographs that Clark took between 1963 – 1971 as a drug addict. At the time of publication, Clark’s book challenged the then idea that the townContinue reading “Larry Clark”

Susan Sontag’s criticism of Diane Arbus

From On Photography, (1977) Susan Sontag, London: Penguin, pages 32-48. Untitled – 1, 1970-1971. Diane Arbus Notes & passages of interest. Sontag begins her essay comparing an exhibition of 112 photographs by Diane Arbus that was exhibited in 1972 in at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York city that drew large crowdsContinue reading “Susan Sontag’s criticism of Diane Arbus”

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