Exercise 2.5 – Privileged

As a photographer, I can be often if not always in a position privilege over my sitter. model or subject. The very term subject implies that the photographer has consciously or unconsciously taken the privileged higher position. The photographer has the privileged position of observer. The photographer has the privileged position of control. As photographerContinue reading “Exercise 2.5 – Privileged”

Reading Task – I.D. Photo.

The singular idea of the meaning of an I.D. photo is the passport head and shoulders, facing the camera composition; but this not the only method to establish a form of identification. When photographing people I will more often include more information this may be a full body shot or half to three quarters ofContinue reading “Reading Task – I.D. Photo.”

The ‘Other’ in the history of photography

Because photography was seen as the ideal tool for providing evidence due to its perceived indexicality, it was used to observe and record the face and head. In the 1850s and 1860s the British eugenicist Francis Galton obtained portrait photographs of criminals from the archive of Millbank Prison. He meticulously re-photographed theses pictures, exposing aContinue reading “The ‘Other’ in the history of photography”

Definition of ‘Other’

Stephen Bull in his book Photography (2010) Abingdon: Routledge. Bull discusses how in the 18th and 19th century anthropology linked to colonialism recorded and catalogued native people around the world allowing comparison across races and with the intention of comparing who and what they considered superior and who and what was in their opinion inferior.Continue reading “Definition of ‘Other’”

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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