Category Archives: Inspirational Photographers

Gregory Crewdson – The Search for a Perfect Moment

Gregory Crewdson divides opinion, there is debate as to whether he is an artist, a photographer, a script writer or director; Charlotte Cotton (1) finds it significant that Twilight (2) contains an appendix on the production process thus confirming the extent to which his photography can be seen … Continue reading

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Reflective Self Portrait: Henri, Friedlander, Steele-Perkins and Scianna

In Autofocus Susan Bright (7) offers a selection of self portraits by contemporary artists. Overall this collection didn’t capture my imagination, leaving me uninspired and somewhat confused. Having become excited by the idea of approaching a self portrait project, this … Continue reading

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Francesca Woodman

“Thru 6/13: 120 works of photographer francesca woodman (nsfw), who committed suicide at age 22 in 1981, go on display at the Guggenheim.” Jillian Stienhauer writing in the Paris Review (1) picks out this prosaic statement, an exhibition announcement in a … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier: Commercial Treasure or Artist?

Background “Vivian Maier, proud native of France and Chicago resident for the last 50 years died peacefully on Monday. Second mother to John, Lane and Matthew. A free and kindred spirit who magically touched the lives of all who knew her. Always ready … Continue reading

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Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills

Postmodernism and Feminism  Cindy Sherman often uses the word “ambiguous” when describing the intent of her work, so when Elizabeth Couturier describes her as the “high priestess of the conceptual self portrait” (1) we must be careful not to leap to any … Continue reading

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Mark Power: 26 Different Endings

When I set out to look at Mark Power’s 26 Different Endings (1) following my tutors comments reading my assignment 1 I was mostly interested in his compositional style  However, I was drawn into the subject matter and intrigued by the … Continue reading

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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 3 Sarah Pickering and The Role of Art Documentary

The course notes ask two questions about the work of Sarah Pickering. Firstly how I emotionally respond to the photographs and secondly whether it is an effective use of documentary photography. Response to Public Order Public Order, the series in … Continue reading

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Paul Seawright – Journalism and Art in Conflict Photography

The course notes suggest that we look at Sectarian Murder (1) a series by Paul Seawright, a Northern Irish photographer and artist, in which he looks at the landscapes where sectarian murders occurred during the Northern Ireland conflicts on the 70s. … Continue reading

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Nicky Bird Tracing Echoes

My TAOP tutor suggested that I looked at Nicky Bird’s Tracing Echoes (1) as a follow up to my TAOP assignment 5 submission, Change in the Village. This proved to be an interesting line of research that not only plays … Continue reading

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