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”

Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, “Lucybelle Crater and her P.O. brother Lucybelle Crater,” 1970-72. Ralph Eugene Meatyard, The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, 1970-72. Meatyard used masks, to acknowledge the incapacity and inadequacy of the portrait convention as a means of psychological disclosure. (Durden, 2014, p.66). His project, The Family album of Lucybelle Crater, 1970-72, was made inContinue reading “Ralph Eugene Meatyard”

Sexuality, Documents of Contemporary Art.

Amelia Jones, (ed.) (2014) Sexuality, Documents of Contemporary Art, London: Whitechapel Art Gallery. ISBN: 978-0-85488-224-3. This book is a collection of essays and interviews. Many of the artists are involved in performance art in which they will either perform in front of a live audience or video their work. Much of the discussion is inContinue reading “Sexuality, Documents of Contemporary Art.”

The ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci 1503/06 – 1517

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503/07 – 1517) This portrait is now probably the most famous portrait in the world. Painted by Leonardo da Vinci, he started painting this from around 1503 – 06 and is believed to have continued working on it until as late as 1517, close to his death. It isContinue reading “The ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci 1503/06 – 1517”

‘Facing Up To Myself’ by Jo Spence (1978)

Jo Spence, Photo Therapy: Infantilization, 1984. The above link (accessed, 26/10/2020) is a pdf copy of an article published in Spare Rib magazine, March 1978 by Jo Spence, Facing Up To Myself (1978). Available from https://journalarchives.jisc.ac.uk/home (accessed 26/10/2020). Notes: As a photographer, Jo Spence, realised, That a single image could not convey someone’s essence. (SpareContinue reading “‘Facing Up To Myself’ by Jo Spence (1978)”

Summary for Part 3, “Look at Me!” – The Representation of Self.

In section 3, “Look at Me!”, I studied the subject of ‘self’ and how it has and is used and interpreted in the portrait. I learned that the idea of the ‘selfie’ goes back beyond photography. Originally the early selfies where exclusively for the rich and powerful to express wealth and more importantly, power, examplesContinue reading “Summary for Part 3, “Look at Me!” – The Representation of Self.”

Reading Task – The Impossibilities to shoot as a white photographer on the African Continent by Jan Hoek

https://americansuburbx.com/2015/11/the-impossibilities-to-shoot-as-a-white-p hotographer-on-the-african-continent.html Jan Hoek wrote a reply to Wolukau-Wanambwa’s critique of Sassen’s, de Midel’s and his work defending his non-racist intentions. Perhaps, we must all ask ourselves can we truly ever be totally unprejudiced as a human race? Notes and Quotes In an article on Aperture.org (http://aperture.org/blog/lives-others/), Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwawiped the floor with the work of artists VivanneContinue reading “Reading Task – The Impossibilities to shoot as a white photographer on the African Continent by Jan Hoek”

Research Point – Propaganda in an image.

Photo by Eddie Adams/Associated Press ‘Execution of a Viet Cong officer’, Saigon, Vietnam, 1968. South Vietnam National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes suspected Viet Cong member Nguyen Van Lem, on the second day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. The act was stunning in its casualness. Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams wasContinue reading “Research Point – Propaganda in an image.”

The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey

The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey (2012) by Yaakov Israel Yaakov Israel, The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, (2012) Amsterdam Schilt Publishing. An interview with Yaakov Israel Yaakov Israel works with 8×10 and 4×5 inch cameras, he prefers this format because it slows down his process and due toContinue reading “The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey”

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