Tag Archives: Documentary

Assignment 5 Concepts

Introduction For perhaps the first century of photography’s history documentary photographers very directly addressed their subjects. In his speech to a conference of charities in 1909 Lewis Hine (1) beseeched his audience to get a camera and start documenting injustice because … Continue reading

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Theatres of the Real

Continuing with the theme of staged photography and having already crossed back across the Atlantic with a look at Alison Jackson (here) there are several other British photographers who have made, or are making their name, in this area. Theatres … Continue reading

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Avoiding The Fraught Enterprise

I have been researching staged photography by reviewing the usual suspects; Crewdson (here), Sherman (here), Wall (here) and diCordia. This quartet is intriguing, in part because their work is so different yet linked by premeditated staging and the appropriation of cinematic processes and … 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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Assignment 1 – Invisible People Rework

My tutor felt that a number of my compositions for assignment 1 (here) were weak and suggested that I considered reworking some of them. As he pointed out, composition is subjective but I agree that some of the compositions were … 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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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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