Photography is information, but that leaves the question, what sort of information?
Technically the amount of information in an image can be analysed quite easily by converting the photograph into a compressed image file, such as a Jpeg file. This works because the whole process of compression works by removing redundant or repeated information, only leaving that information which is required to recreate the original photograph. Continue reading Photography as information→
Terry Barrett’s article about Photography and context makes the important point that a photograph can be interpreted in many ways and that interpretation will often depend on the context in which it is seen.
Sally Mann has always been a most controversial photographer. I remember when a few years ago there were protests about the display of her exhibition The Family and the Land at the Photographer’s Gallery in London because it contained nude photographs of her children. Continue reading Sally Mann→
Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget was born in 1857 in Liborne in France. the son of a carriage builder. Intending to become an actor he moved to Paris in 1878, however being drafted for military service meant that he was unable complete his studies and was expelled from drama school.
I must admit to finding Michael Wesely an interesting photographer. his works involve extremely long exposures with probably his most famous work being that of photographing Potsdamer Platz whilst it was being totally rebuilt after the demolition of the Berlin Wall.
Watching this film it was interesting to see the man I had read about for many years, in person.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Cartier-Bresson used a small Leica camera, rather than the view cameras of Ansel Adams, and the difference shows in his photographs. Rather than grand vistas with long exposures he was able to take smaller personal photographs, pictures which froze an instant in time.
It was this that inspired his expression “the decisive moment”, although it was actually the English title from his book Images à la sauvette, and was taken from a quotation by Cardinal de Retz, “Il n’y a rien dans ce monde qui n’ait un moment decisif” (“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment”) (Wikipedia)
Hiroshi Sugimoto can best be described as an experimentalist
Arriving in New York from Japan in his 20s he started his career by photographing dioramas in New York Natural History Museum, without any permission, and creating images which looked as if the animals were alive. This was his Diorama series which he managed to sell through New York’s Museum of Modern Art.