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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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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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