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Assignment 4 – Self Assessment

This assessment was re-written after my tutor provided a more appropriate set of evaluation criteria. Demonstration of Subject Based Knowledge and Understanding It has been interesting to use this assignment as the basis to look closely at a single practitioner, especially one … Continue reading

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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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The Vivian Maier Films

There is a nearly overwhelming desire to begin this essay with “The problem with Vivian Maier” because in the six years since her death she has been mythologised as the mystery woman, the nanny photographer, an enigma, a social mis-fit and a problem … 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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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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