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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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Semiotics defines a sign as having two components, the physical form and the concept that it triggers; the signifier and the signified. Where there is no natural connection between these two components the sign is considered to be arbitrary or symbolic. … Continue reading

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Introduction Paddy Whannel, the media critic, wrote “Semiotics tells us things we already know in a language we will never understand” (1). Semiotics, the study of signs, is a modern science that, like most fields of study, has created its own … Continue reading

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Henry Fox Talbot – The Haystack

In April 1844 William Henry Fox Talbot set up a camera loaded with light sensitive paper and photographed (i) a haystack on his country estate at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire. The haystack had presumably been constructed in the summer of … Continue reading

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At first it might be surprising that the earliest known self-portrait turns out to be a masquerade (i), but, as Roland Barthes (2) suggests, photography has a closer relationship with theatre than it does with painting so role playing, camouflage, mimicry, disguise and … Continue reading

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Introduction The course guide asks how Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself and Sophy Rickett’s Objects in the Field reflect post modern approaches to narrative. To answer this question it is first necessary to gain some understanding of postmodernism. A Complex … Continue reading

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Exercise 7 – Image and Text

I looked at this subject in some depth during TAoP General view on captions and text in photo narratives: https://stevemiddlehurst.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/captions-and-other-words-in-photo-narratives/ A specific look at how Josef Koudelka used captions to emphasise his message in Wall. https://stevemiddlehurst.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/josef-koudelka-and-the-use-of-captions-in-wall/ How Philip Jones Griffiths combined captions, … Continue reading

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