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”

In Our Own Image.

In Our Own Image, 3rd Edition, 2010, by Fred Ritchin, New York: Aperture. ISBN:978-1-59711-164-5. This book was originally published under the title, The Coming Revolution in Photography, in the early 1990’s and was revised and republished in 2010. Ritchin’s topic for the book is his concern for the future of photography as a result ofContinue reading “In Our Own Image.”

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”

Assignment 1 – Environmental Portraits, ‘My Other-half’

Assignment 1 – My Other-half “Identity comes from both the observer and the observed.” – Shaun Mullins. In this project, I wanted to create environmental portraits that in some way express the different sub-identities that make up the overall character of a person.  I believe that our identity / character is not defined by oneContinue reading “Assignment 1 – Environmental Portraits, ‘My Other-half’”

Exercise 2.4 – Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa position appears to be one of prejudice, based on history, perhaps before writing his scathing critic he should have first contacted the artist to clarify their position, rather than simply damning their work. I believe Hoek’s intentions were honourable and as he points out as photographers and artist work can be about theContinue reading “Exercise 2.4 – Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa”

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”

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon, 1923 -2004. American portrait and fashion photographer, he worked for Harper’s Bezaar and Vogue. He specialised in capturing movement in fashion, theatre and dance photographs. Bob Dylon, Singer, New York City, (1965) by Richard Avedon. Elise Daniels with Street Performers, Suit by Balenciage, Le Marais, Paris, (1948) by Richard Avedon.

Train Your Gaze

Roswell Angier, (2015) Train Your Gaze, (2nd ed.) London; New York: Bloomsbury, ISBN: 978-1-4725-2510-9. Divided into eleven chapters, each chapter ends with an assignment to put into practice the portraiture style that is discussed for that chapter, thus this book provides precisely what its title implies. That is teaching the various theoretical styles that haveContinue reading “Train Your Gaze”

Humphrey Spender

Humphrey Spender became a member of the Mass Observation Movement in the late 1930’s and became famous for his photographs, Worktown Study, (1937-40) in the city of Bolton. To obtain his photographs of non posed subjects would spend time with his subjects being seen to take photographs, but in fact having no film in theContinue reading “Humphrey Spender”

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