Jeff Wall is a photographer who creates scenarios to photograph. Many of these are studio sets and are based around previous paintings or works of literature. Continue reading Jeff Wall
Nigel Shafran is a photographer who started off in fashion photography but who moved on into art photography in the 1990’s with his first photo essay called Blind Factory, which showed blind workers, with their sighted colleagues and their guide dogs. Continue reading Nigel Shafran
I have to say that I found this essay extremely difficult to read. Not only did it contain technical terms from Semiology, but it was also a rather crude translation from the original French, some of which made little sense in English. Consequently I consulted the original French text as well as the English translation. Continue reading Roland Barthes – Rhetoric of the image
This work is a collection of images of women reading an email from Calle’s boyfriend which ended their relationship, To quote Calle directly:
I received an email telling me it was over. I didn’t know how to respond. It was as if it wasn’t meant for me. It ended with the words: Take Care of Yourself. I took this recommendation literally. I asked a hundred and two women, chosen for their profession, to interpret the letter in their professional capacity. To analyse it, provide a commentary on it, act it, dance it, sing it. Dissect it. Squeeze it dry. Understand for me. Answer for me. It was a way to take the time to break up. At my own pace. A way to take care of myself. (Calle 2007). Continue reading Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself (Prenez soin de vous).
I will admit to finding this project hard to view. This probably comes from my own father dying in a similar manner whilst I was still a teenager.
Images here remind me of what happened then. The day that he came home from hospital for Christmas, only to die a few weeks later. Continue reading Bryony Campbell, The Dad Project.
W. Eugene Smith started his professional photography at the age of 19 when he started work at News Week (later to become Newsweek). Two years later he began working for Life magazine. Continue reading William Eugene Smith (known as Gene Smith).
I have to come clean and admit that these images don’t make me feel the way that either the artist or the course book expect me to feel. To me they simply feel to me like photographs of a vacant film set. This is largely a result of my background in broadcasting, having worked for many years on such sets as the outdoor set for Coronation Street and the setting for The Bill. Continue reading Sarah Pickering – Public Order
This sequence of photographs shows areas of Northern Ireland where murders took place during the ‘troubles’. The places in the photographs are now peaceful, many years after the events which made them famous.
As Seawright says in the video on Vimeo, these pictures are intended to make you think, to create your own meaning. The meaning is not decided so much by the artist but by the viewer. Continue reading Paul Seawright – Sectarian Murder
Much street photography draws on the images of Cartier Bresson. The Defining Moment is what makes a street photograph come alive. Good street photography tells you more than what you can see in the image.
As Martin Parr said: “A great picture is where there is a story within the picture, combined with a genuine interest in the subjects” (2014 Amateur Photographer). Continue reading Street Photography
In his essay Safety in Numbness David Campany discusses the current trend to take photographs after the event rather than the previous century’s dynamic and visceral photographs of war and destruction. He uses Joel Meyerowitz’ photographs of the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York as an example. Continue reading Aftermath