Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Deadpan Aesthetic

History and Origins According to Artbook (1) the origins of the word “Deadpan”  can be traced to 1927 when Vanity Fair Magazine compounded the words dead and pan, a slang word for a face, and used it as a noun. … Continue reading

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Exercise 6 – The Dad Project and The Country Doctor

Comparing The Country Doctor with The Dad Project The fundamental difference between the two photo stories that are described below is the relationship between the photographer, the subject and the work. W.Eugene Smith was the classic “concerned photographer”, he invested … Continue reading

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Exercise 5 – Truth and Digital Technology

Liz Wells (1) poses a series of questions regarding the truth of photography in the digital age. She points out that a photograph can be produced from a montage of created or appropriated images, it can be radically altered during … Continue reading

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Assignment 1 Tutor Feedback and Response

Overall Comments Your first assignment for ‘Context & Narrative’ has been received very well; you have submitted a good set of images, which are supported by an excellent learning log. Your interpretation of this assignment is good and is presented … Continue reading

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Conflict. Time. Photography. Tate Modern: November 14 to March 15

Simon Baker, in his essay Armageddon in Retrospect (1),  says that Conflict. Time. Photography “takes as its starting point the necessity and value of the time taken to consider the past.” Time, and our reaction to time, is at the heart of this exhibition. … Continue reading

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Exercise 4 – The Manipulated Image

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Assignment 1 – Self Assessment

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills It was important to create a bland, ordinary atmosphere around the series, I wanted to encourage contemplation of the landscape from an objective, documentary viewpoint. To achieve this I chose a “dead-pan” approach to both composition … Continue reading

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