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”

Notes from my video link with my Tutor

My Tutor made four recommendations for my essay. One was simply a typo error the second was to refer to the various types of handmade drawings and the third and forth was to add some quotes to reinforce my statements. From: – The idea that the camera ‘never lies’ started at the very beginning ofContinue reading “Notes from my video link with my Tutor”

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.”

Assignment 4 – Essay

Other Than You. By Shaun Mullins (512659) Assignment 4, PH5SAO – The Self and The Other. Word count without quotations and footnotes: 2563.  Including quotations and footnotes Total: 3931. Sources: Barthes, 2000; 1977; Kelly, Self Image, Personal is Political, 1979; Kuhn, Remembrance, The child I never was, 1991; Ritchin, 2010; Spence, Facing Up To Myself,Continue reading “Assignment 4 – Essay”

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”

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”

My Other Half – a critical self-review.

My Other Half – A critical self-review by Shaun Mullins. The objective of this project was to create 6-10 environmental portraits and I chose to produce photographs of my wife in different locations in our home, dressed for and performing the typical activities that I often see her doing.  I wanted to convey the ideaContinue reading “My Other Half – a critical self-review.”

Reflection point – seeing ourselves through technology

As Jill Walker Rettberg in her book​ ​Seeing Ourselves Through Technology​ says, ‘[p]erhaps the reason we feel the need to take another, and another selfie, is in part that we, as the surrealists wrote in 1928, never seem able to create a photo that will ‘fully correspond to what you want to see in yourself’’’ (Walker Rettberg,Continue reading “Reflection point – seeing ourselves through technology”

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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