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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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Other Perspectives – John Szarkowski

If we restrict ourselves to the perspectives of philosophers such as Barthes, Sontag or Berger our reading of photography runs the risk of becoming formulaic where we stop looking at the photograph in our concentrated search for the signs or socio-political … Continue reading

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Zen and The Art of Photography

In his introduction to Reading Photographs (1) Ainslie Ellis calls for the audience to bring their whole creative attention to a photograph as “then, and only then, something remarkable can happen”. He argues that in a world of mass beliefs, which … 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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Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits

Background Having briefly looked at the bizarre story of how Vivian Maier’s work became public (here) I want to look specifically at the published collection of her self portraits as part of my research into assignment 3. There are three important factors … Continue reading

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