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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 Language of Photography

Introduction In 1977, thirteen years before the dawn of the digital age of photography (i), Sue Davies, the founder of the Photographers’ Gallery (2), presented Reading Photographs, an exhibition of urban photographs with the intent of “helping people to a better … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 – Self Portrait: Final Rework

Introduction to Rework Following my tutor’s initial feedback (here) and subsequent conversations I have reworked the presentation of assignment 3 for a second time. I have built on his comments regarding the contact sheet for this series by building in a … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Tutor Feedback and Response

Tutor’s feedback for assignment 3. Remarks and reactions in blue. Overall Comments For your third assignment on Context & Narrative, you have indeed made a very good series that is supported by an excellent and highly contextualised learning log. It … Continue reading

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Assignment 3 Self Portrait

Susan Bright’s (1) argues that the self portrait is a photographic compulsion, an argument supported by the rise of the selfie (see here), but in nearly fifty years of photography I cannot remember taking a single, intentional self portrait. Self portraiture is a … Continue reading

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Themes in Assignment 3 Self Portrait

The shadow self portrait has deep roots in the history of art and I wanted to position my series in this context, to reference my images, not just to photographers such as Friedlander, Maier and Stielglitz but to other artists like Renoir and Monet. By connecting my … Continue reading

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Selfie or Self Portrait

In 1548 Catharina van Hemessen painted herself at her easel, a painting remarkable only because it is considered to be the oldest surviving self portrait of an artist at work (1). The subject of “me by me, doing what I do” … Continue reading

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Shadow Self Portrait

Initial thoughts for assignment 3 were to work with reflections, an area I have previously explored with a modicum of success (here), and there did seem to be the opportunity to take this idea further. I briefly researched reflective self … Continue reading

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