Gregory Crewdson is a fascinating photographer, who has taken some of the most amazing photographs of small town America. His images are extremely elaborate and they remind me very much of the films of directors such as Albert Hitchcock and David Lynch. Continue reading Gregory Crewdson
Tom Hunter is a photographic artist based in Hackney, London. Born in Bournemouth in 1965 he only received one CSE at school but went on to study for a photography degree at the London College of Printing. Continue reading Tom Hunter
Cindy Sherman is an American photographer whose works concentrate on images of female characters, many of whom are stereotypes of characters from film and older types of art.
Her 1978 work Untitled film stills show images of women as they are often portrayed in the movies; the type of female character seen in such films as Hitchcock thrillers, photographed in Black and White.
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.
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