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”

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”

Uses of Photography (1978) by John Berger

Quotations from Uses of Photography by John Berger. “Through photographs, the world becomes a series of unrelated, free-standing particles; and history, past and present, a set of anecdotes and fait divers. The camera makes reality atomic, manageable, and opaque. It is a view of the world which denies interconnectedness, continuity, but which confers on eachContinue reading “Uses of Photography (1978) by John Berger”

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”

Remembrance, The child I never was, by Annette Kuhn

Remembrance, The child I never was, (1991) by Annette Kuhn from The Photography Reader, edited by Liz Wells, (2003) Routledge, Abingdon. Annette Kuhn as a child, by Harry Kuhn, circa, early 1950’s, exact date unknown. Kuhn uses a photograph taken of herself as a child as the theme to her story or as she saysContinue reading “Remembrance, The child I never was, by Annette Kuhn”

A critical reflection.

My brief The readings, research and exercises should have led you to think about self portraiture in a variety of ways. Some practitioners deliberately play with ideas of fluidity and multiple selves, whilst still being anchored to a nominal self. Selfies, often used as self promotion, are intimately linked to their intended audience. Create aContinue reading “A critical reflection.”

Exercise 3.6 – Objects

A self portrait through objects. It seems that apart from a few objects that I keep as ornaments or to record past achievements the majority of my possessions are tools. Tools for photography, tools for DIY, tools for gardening, tools for hobbies and travel. It seems that I practically have a tool for everything andContinue reading “Exercise 3.6 – Objects”

Exercise 3.4 – Family Albums.

I don’t have any family albums, most of our photographs are digital and kept in files on a number of hard discs. But looking through them, I wonder where the time went? And where did our youth go? I have some feelings of nostalgia and fond memories of past holidays and friends whom have disappearedContinue reading “Exercise 3.4 – Family Albums.”

Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Nation.

Kath Woodward, (ed.) (2000) Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Nation, London: Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-22288-5. This publication is part a series of books for the study of social science through the Open University, published in 2000 it is probably a little dated now as it pulls from examples no later than the 1990s. However, as a bookContinue reading “Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Nation.”

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