Exercise 2.3 – Same model, different background.

I have approached this an an archive exercise, inspired by Harry Callahan's images of Eleanor in a variety of landscapes over a period of five years. Many of these pictures appear to be figure-in-landscape rather than portrait images, therefore more 'place' than 'identity' but Eleanor's presence is essential to the images. From my archive I... Continue Reading →

Gone Astray

Clare Strand is a conceptual artist who uses photography in her work. Some of her more recent works, such as 'The Happenstance Generator' (2015) and 'The Entropy Pendulum' (2015), explore randomness though the intermediation of mechanical devices acting on photographs. (Brown, 2017) The work that we are directed towards for present study is 'Gone Astray... Continue Reading →

Temporary studios – Penn and Avedon

Making portrait photographs in a studio gives the photographer control of background and lighting. However, a permanent studio is expensive and also requires the sitter to travel to a fixed location, which is inconvenient. I suspect that it only really works if money has changed hands: either the sitter has commissioned a studio portrait or... Continue Reading →

June Street

June Street in Ordsall, Salford was demolished as part of major redevelopment programme in 1975. In 1973, knowing the houses and the community were under threat, Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr (then students at Manchester Polytechnic) contacted residents and photographed a (slightly formal) record of the community. June Street comprised small Victorian terraced houses, representative... Continue Reading →

Charlie and Bert

The Charlie and Bert of the title are not photographers but the subjects/collaborators of two photographers, Julian Germain and Kaylynn Deveney respectively. This posting looks at two superficially similar long-term projects in which the photographer has struck a friendship with an elderly single male subject and made a collaborative document of his life through routine... Continue Reading →

Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was an American photographer and teacher at the Institute of Design in Chicago. His major influences are said to be the photographic purism of Ansel Adams (following a lecture at his camera club) and the radical invention of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy (his director at the ID) (Cassidy). His work can be considered as... Continue Reading →

Exercise 2.1 – Laine

This is the final portrait in the 'individual spaces' exercise. It is a semi-corporate portrait of my daughter-in-law, intended for website use. In addition to a head-shot and some still-lifes, Laine wanted an approachable office-environment image. Although working from home, her clients are large business concerns so the background had to look 'office-y' rather than... Continue Reading →

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