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Assignment 4 – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Vivian Maier’s East 108th Street is typical of her earlier work representing the optimism of 1950’s America, describing a vibrant, positive and potentially romanticised image of urban America. In this scene from Spanish Harlem we see Maier’s instinct for, what Richard Kalvar (1) describes as, creating dramas using “unposed pictures of … Continue reading

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Vivian Maier: The Photographer

A few months ago in  Vivian Maier: Commercial Treasure or Artist? I looked at how Vivian Maier’s work became public; subsequently I looked a little more closely in Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits at one selection of her published work; more recently I reviewed the … Continue reading

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Other Perspectives – Geoff Dyer

Unlike John Szarkowski, the curator (here) and Stephen Shore the photographer  and teacher (here) Geoff Dyer ‘s relationship with photography is as an outsider, he declares he doesn’t own a camera, professes no special expertise as art historian or critic … 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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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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Insiders / Outsiders and Documentary Photography

The Abigail Solomon-Godeau Essay Inside/Outside Solomon-Godeau in Inside/Outside ( i ) puts forward the argument that  that Susan Sontag and Martha Rosler ( ii ) are being simplistic when they categorise photographers into “good” insiders or “bad” outsiders, labelling outsiders as voyeurs and insiders … Continue reading

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