Research point

Research Point

 

Remember that you’re expected to direct your own research as you work through this course. Now might be a good time to do some further research into the use of surrealist elements in colour documentary.

 

Core resources: Foto8#3.4_Leopold&Mobutu.pdf

Guy Tillim project ‘Leopold and Mobutu’ introduce us with totally different type of documentary. Tillim recorded traces of Democratic Respublic of Condo occupation by Belgium king Leopold II. Photographer catches very unusual situations such as a young boy pissing on steamboat used by Leopold’s African International Association. I have researched more of his photographs and all of them are linked together, photographer used very unusual way of doing this, some of the images are linked by photograph of path, representing traveling to another place where another photograph was taken. The image of Henry Stanley statue gives us interesting and powerful composition, one of the images statue has no legs and lays face down and other image of statue’s boots. This stands for neglected explorer.

 

‘’My journeys have been idiosyncratic, often purposeless, not so much to commit journalism as to travel for its own sake. Perhaps the more successful images reflect this; perhaps a pattern can be discerned from their parts. I can describe moments, or trace a journey, by the images I am left with. They themselves form a thread.”

 

Guy Tillim

Source: http://www.artthrob.co.za/04june/reviews/mstevenson.html

Zona’ by Carl de Keyzer this project contains images of Siberian Prison.

Source: https://www.google.lt/search?q=%E2%80%98Zona%E2%80%99+by+Carl+de+Keyzer+review&start=10&sa=N&biw=1411&bih=696&tbm=isch&imgil=OX2jAemg_tSMCM%253A%253Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fencrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com%252Fimages%253Fq%253Dtbn%253AANd9GcRyYP6vxcph8wHbhKNcZB3vT8IlKzpeKT3uhmalZWIbb1PTJ0tX0g%253B640%253B480%253BJ3dNsNoC8eJAJM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Ferickimphotography.com%25252Fblog%25252F2012%25252F08%25252F02%25252Fbook-review-zona-a-colorful-look-into-siberian-prison-camps-by-carl-de-keyzer-magnum-photographer%25252F&source=iu&usg=__CZSlZaYOM7ii01nZXfl02pg6ypI%3D&ei=yLklU6C-M4SqhAfxt4G4DQ&ved=0CDAQ9QEwADgK#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=7l0pOAm1fSqy-M%253A%3BhZq2661V_GVjQM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi1192.photobucket.com%252Falbums%252Faa322%252Ferickimphotography%252Fzona2%252FPhotoMay2283602AM.png%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.getapi.ru%252Fcontent%252Fapi.jquery.com%252Fpage%252Fapigetgo%252Ferickimphotography.com%252Fblog%252F2012%252F08%252Fbook-review-zona-a-colorful-look-into-siberian-prison-camps-by-carl-de-keyzer-magnum-photographer%252F%3B640%3B480

Let’s be honest this project could be in B&W which could suffer and miserable mood. However Keyzer employed colour with narrative and good composition and represent another kind of documentary. Theme itself has a lot of to tell, so images are very powerful and informative. Some of the images are very colorful vivid I would say. This is a huge risk and I did not see many who taken it. This is crazy project how to show prison life without feeling sorry for them! I think Keyzer took extra mile with this project; there are many aspects that worked great together. Every image has narrative, great composition and vivid colours.

Jan Brykczynski ‘Boikos in Ukraine’

 

Website: http://www.janbrykczynski.com/janb.swf

I found a polish photographer who has amazing colour documentary photographs. Particularly one of his projects about Boiko village in Ukraine. Ukraine same as Lithuania were part of Soviet Union, so I can see lots of similarities in culture. Interesting part is that Brykczynski looked for documentary images that can represent Russian fairytales, which I grew up with too. I do remember watching black and white television with those fairytales on. Brykczynski chosen colour photography that worked perfectly with the theme.

Some of the fairytales can be found here:

http://russian-crafts.com/tales.html

Martin Paar

Website: http://www.martinparr.com

Paar has very unique way of representing his chosen concepts (consumption, leisure and communication) of British photography. Perspectives are unusual and colours are garnish. Most of the photographs have signs of humor and criticism. British photographer represents familiar things in totally different way. He produces images for art exhibitions, photography books, advertising and photojournalism. This is perfect example how to create unique photographs which can be used in many aspects.

I found very useful Martin Paar’s tips:

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2012/03/26/10-things-martin-parr-can-teach-you-about-street-photography/

Research point

Do some independent research into the work of some or all of the photographers discussed in this project. Compare and contrast the strategies that these photographers adopt in conveying a sense of local identity. Do you think this type of work is easier or harder if you come from the place that you’re documenting? Can you find any evidence for the view that ‘the same geographical space can be different places at the same time’?

Alex Webb Istanbul

http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/istanbul

This project is very good example of surrealism, Webb has very unique way to use documentary photography, it seems like his work takes extra mile in presetting documentary. The purpose of his photography is not to show sense of the place but how photographer relation to the place it in very personal and unique way. The strongest point of this project is unique and cut off compositions, also photographer does not illuminate background that gives us even more photographic information. Seems like he tries to take as much information as possible to the single frame.

Christopher Tilley A Phenomenology of Landscape (1997)

I search for images online, but there is no images provided.

Jens Olof Lasthein Abkhazia

https://www.google.lt/#q=jens+olof+lasthein+abkhazia&spell=1

http://blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/oskar-barnack-award-winner-jens-olof-lasthein/

Jens Olof Lasthein has authentic way to use documentary. His images have got something else going on in background; images seem to be divided into 2 pieces with the strong sense of isolation and unclear future. This may explain fact that he spends some time at the borders, he loved to watch where western and eastern worlds met. Technically panoramic camera with his chosen cropping helps him to create unique images, which talks about strong subjective impression about surrounding world. Jens Olof is winner of Oskar Bamack Award 2010.

Marco van Duyvendijk Mongolia

http://www.mongoluls.net/books/mongoliaphotobook.htm

http://www.foto8.com/reviews/V4N4/monglia.html

Duyendijk has a degree in psychology; he covered areas like Mongolia, Romania, China, South Korea and other countries. His unique approach to photography is to give all attention to East and West, also his shows us different approach to changing cultural identity. Some of his photographs (portraits) are with no information in background, but most of the pictures subjects are in their environment that gives us an idea of Soviet era, also there is strong influence by Western materialism. In this case symbol of soviet era is abandoned factories, and sign of western influence is girls tattooed and pierced.

Philip Cheung’s photography in the West Bank

http://www.philipcheungphoto.com/index.php?/projects/the-west-bank-work-in-progress/

In those images we can see the Kurds in Post Saddam Irak. They are similar to Meiselas images, however Cheung has different approach to them, se shows us current situation there, with a clue to the future. There is a strong sense of the place, there are details speaking loud about place. If we know when those images were taking, we clearly can identificate place.

David Goldblatt Intersections, 2005 South Africa

http://www.photoeye.com/bookstore/citation.cfm?catalog=PX060&i=3791332473&i2=

Goldbatt with his images shows us his personal view about discrimination on grounds of groups images taken 1940 when South Africa huge injustice and revolution. Additional attention is paid to landscapes and portrets (especially porters of politics). There is the strongest sense of the place from all photographers of this research point, as those things for photographers is very personal and he made it public. There is no chance Goldbatt could shoot same theme anywhere else.

Mikhael Subotzky Beaufort West

http://www.subotzkystudio.com/beaufort-west/beaufort-west-8/

Subotzky photography is about situation in small town of South Africa, there are no jobs, huge crime level, and people gone to bigger town to earn money. Those images are about that all of us knew but never seen, Subotzky opens our eyes to see this situation exactly like it is. At the beginning I though those images have strong sense of the place, however I looked at Lithuanian’s villages, there is exactly the same situation…

Research point

Investigate Murrell’s Constructed Childhoods and Starkey’s Untitled series. How do these photographers employ imaginative and/or performative elements to construct their narratives? In what sense is the end result ‘real’? What aspects of their work might you consider adopting in your own practice?

http://charleymurrell.com/?page_id=5

Charley Murrell is young British female photographer. Her most popular first documentary project “Constructed Childhoods” attracted lots of attention. Murrell photographs young people and uses combination of magazines advertisements to reflect the idea how those young people wants to look like or who they wan to be. Murrell takes on task to show viewer the biggest tanager dilemma. Media causes this dilemma; this is what information is available for young adults. Also teenagers have very flexible imaginary that adds extra value to this project.

Hannah Starkey is young Irish photographer; her main photographic subjects are women in their environment. She can create staged scene, which seems very usual and everyday, however not boring. It seems like photographer observe and explore women is very casual situations: toilet, car park, office…Photographer uses mirrors and windows to create an interesting images, this brings to the images some kind of abstraction. Class, gender and race are the important things Starkey works with; she also has a unique way to show that she feels and understands her subjects.

Research Point

Research Point

 

Do your own research into the work of the socially committed B&W photographers discussed so far, both British (Exit Group, Chris Killip, Nick Danziger, Bill Brandt) and American (Jabob Riis, Lewis Hine). Was this social documentary work their prime focus? How does it fit with other work done by these photographers?

 

Make notes in your learning log.

 

Exit Group – (Nicholas Battye/Chris Steele-Perkins/Paul Trevor)

 

Survival Programmes comprises photographs (all black and white), interview transcripts, drafts and other materials relating to the book Survival Programmes by the Exit Photography Group (Nicholas Battye/Chris Steele-Perkins/Paul Trevor). The photographs and interviews were made between 1974 and 1979, and record life in Britain’s inner urban areas in the 1970s.

 

Source: http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb097-survival

 

Nicolas Battye had degrees in Religious and Psychoanalytic studies. After working as a documentary photography he worked as psychotherapist in private practice, also he art and designed lecturer, later religious studies lecturer and from 1990 psychoanalyst lecturer. As we see Nicholas Battye had other prime focus work, also documentary is only one are where photographer did not have a degree. We clearly can see religious themes in his photographic work.

 

Source: https://sites.google.com/site/nicholasbattye/about

https://sites.google.com/site/nicholasbattye/about

 

Chris Steele-Perkins has a psychologist degree, but has never worked as psychologist. He spent all his time taking images, has been awarded for his photojournalist work. I found this fascinating when people spend 4 years getting a degree and then turn they life into something they do not know about and finally become very successful. I can not see any link between his psychologist studies and photographic work.

 

Source: http://www.chrissteeleperkins.com/about.php

 

Paul Trevor attended National Film and Television School. There is no information on the Internet about other kind of work, so I assumed he dedicated all his time to documentary photography.

 

Source: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/paultrevor/biography.aspx

 

Chris Killip left school at age sixteen and started to work as a trainee hotel manager at Isle of Men. Then he decide that photography is what he wanted, so be became beach photographer. After many years and brilliant photographs Killip received Cartier Bresson award and been invited to work as professor at Harvard University. This is another example of teenager who left a school and after many years become a professor in on of the best universities in the World.

 

Source: http://www.chriskillip.com/bio.html

 

Nick Danziger devotes his life to photojournalism; he even produced some documentary films. Photographer started travel form very early age, he took of his first trip at age 13. Without a passport and a ticket, he was selling sketches to earn some money. Danziger gained MA in Fine Art.

 

Source: http://www.nickdanziger.com/index/biography/

 

 

Bill Brandt – born in Hamburg, Germany. He had quite a big family, three brothers. He suffered from tuberculosis at age of sixteen to age of twenty-two. Jewish educator in Vienna helped him to follow his passion – photography. He found him a job at portrait studio. Brandt been introduced to a great surrealism photographer and poet Man Ray. Photographer worked for him and learned many new things. Then he start working on his book ‘English at Home’ which wasn’t successful and been remaindered. In 1940 Brandt been asked to photograph Blitz (heavy and frequent bombing raids carried out over Britain in 1940 and 1941). Later on photographed worked on endangered buildings, Nighwalk project, portrait work, and essays on photography. Then suddenly he found new passion – landscape. In 1961 his photographs of nudes was published.

 

As we see Brandt worked on many different genres and styles of photography, which worked perfectly for him as he received Royal Designer for Industry and Silver Progress Medal awards.

 

Source: http://www.billbrandt.com/research/biography.html

 

 

Jabob Riis – born in1849 in Denmark, he was third of fifteen children. He worked as a carpenter before he emigrated in United States (1870). He was unable to find a job, so spend most of the days at police station as he was squatting. Photographer done many menial jobs before he start working for ‘New Your Evening Sun’ as photojournalist. In 1889 his project ‘How the other half lives’ published.

 

Harold Evans, the author of The American Century: People, Power and Politics (1998) has pointed out: “Jacob Riis estimated that Dickensian London had 175,816 people living on every square mile of its worst slums but New York’s Lower East Side by the nineties in contrast, had about 290,000 per square mile, making it perhaps the worst slum in the history of the Western world…. He records a tenement block with 1,324 Italian immigrants living in a total of 132 rooms. In one 12-by-12-foot room he found five families, 20 people, with two beds between them. One third of the entire city population – about 1.2 million – lived in 43,000 tenement houses like these, without running water or indoor flush toilets… Some 40 percent of them had tuberculosis. One third of all their babies died before their first birthday.”

 

Riis continued writing and lecturing on poor theme. He wrote some books such as ‘Children of the Poor’, Out of Mulberry Street’, ‘The Making of An American’, ‘The Battle With The Slum’, ‘Children of The Tenement’. All this information reveals that Riis stayed with documentary photography throughout his life.

 

Source: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAriis.htm

 

 

Lewis Hine – born 1874 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He studied sociology at Chicago and New York. We worked at Ethical Culture School and employed his photography in his teaching; this is how documentary photography was established. Hine was interested in Ellis Island immigrants, safety laws forworkers and child labour. Both his books ‘Child Labour in the Carolinas’ and ‘Day Laborers Before Their Time’ based on travelling the country and taking photographs of children working in factories. After his successful campaign against child labour, he started working after First World War situation in France and Belgium. After that he went to Balkans to photograph his new project ‘The Children’s Burden in the Balkans’. Nest his project was safety laws for workers on Empire State Building construction.

 

I would say Hine was very talented and successful, however it was a big surprise that such a famous photographer could not earn enough from his work and died in poverty. He dedicated all his life to documentary photography and photojournalism, however he struggled to get something back for it.

 

 

Do your own research into semiotics and how it can be applied of photographic images. Start by reading Chapters 4 (Narrative) and 5 (Signs and Symbols) in Short. M. (2011)

Creative Photography: Context and Narrative. Lausanne AVA Publishing.

 

Maria Short gives us many aspects to focus on during and prior shooting, however today we will look at Narrative & Signs and Symbols.

 

Narrative techniques are used to depict or create these frames of reference and context. Narrative technique can be used single and multiple images.

 

Single images –narrative consists of beginning, middle and the end. However sometimes this structure is broken and we are left with past or suggest future.

As Chris Killip writes in the preface to his photographs published in In Flagrante (1988): ‘The photographs can tell you more about me than about what they describe. The book is a fiction about a metaphor.’

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We can see that all these images have an idea behind the scene. There are the reasons to these situations and we clearly can see those. Narrative makes photograph to reveal real purpose of shooting.

 

The best example of liner storytelling is Susan Derges project ‘Full Circle’. She shows tadpoles hatching from frogspawn and developing into frogs. This can be used as a metaphor for how far you situation gone to. The thing is if you have no clue about frogs’ physical development and never heard about Susan Derges, it’s no chance for understanding the idea or image.

 

Signs and Symbols is another very interesting chapter in Short’s book.

The study of signs is called semiotics and can be applied to many fields of endeavor, including linguistics, the sciences and visual arts.

 

The best example is Emma Blaney’s project based on small, everyday objects. ‘The desire is to remember and to be remembered. This project focuses on small, everyday objects that often go unnoticed. But it is objects like these which are often, for individuals, triggers for deeply embedded memories of people/moments from their past.’

 

Don McCullin, Sleeping With Ghosts

A Life’s Work in Photography

 

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.’

 

In my opinion Mckvb Cullin is very right about photography and there is a reason to use signs and symbols to create that felling what every viewer can fell.

Philosopher Pierce, is particular pertinent to photography simply because a photograph is literal ‘trace’ of it’s original subject. Also I would like to say that photograph has more power to reveal information about subject than subject itself. There are so many photographic techniques can be used to prove complex objectives.

 

I was stunted by Maria Short’s photography project included her stepfather who has been diagnosed with kidney failure and his market grower harvest. Extremely we can see many links between decay harvest and dialysis. I like the idea she used her family private health issues to create documentary piece.

 

The perfect example of use signs and symbols is Robert Frank’s ‘Americans’, each part of his book starts with photograph of flag. Also he uses other symbols and signs to feature different aspect of American culture.

 

Next very feminine Short’s project was to use horse as a symbol to reveal young women identity and social placing in the world. This is the clear example how two opposite things can work together towards final results.

 

The symbol was really hard for me to understand was Risaku Suzuki’s Sakura –Cherry Blossom photograph, which symbolizes hope and strength, falling petals symbolize the fragility of beauty. These symbols are not so clear as original ones: blue – cold, red – hot, smoke – fire or heat.

 

Photographer Jane Stroggles proves that lighting conditions can change composition completely. Her images taken in 5th Avenue, New York at day and night looks like two different places, also the American flag is seen in a day picture. Night images hide all the details but give another aspects to play with.

 

Use of practical techniques is magnificent tool for photographic signs and symbols. Aperture, shutter speed and lighting conditions or use of ISO everything you need. Perfect example is Robert Kenedy’s Funeral Train 1968.

 

Examples of semiotics in photography:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/aileen_carpenter/4761715185/in/photolist-aZQan8-d2Pcxy-7NAx5S-7NAx1S-2SY7RS-beiaMV-4tbTTg-dtWFVc-3ySXYt-jJNv-iaJtVj-kMZ8-aaxrRu-7ZF8H1-61a3x1-615HpM-vgw8c-D39re-2BdsgY-upko2-4GHsGD-9pFJBx-5qmCG4-2yogdr-e1zFfU-PywZv-72qEtQ-72qEt3-bFbGae-x9Btk-2AUUrW-5CaNta-59xAtC-72mEyF-5RHWZH-5RNfE9-5RHWQt-75CoAR-6BYTpm-4Jjv1Y-5vk3pK-85ueAp-3eGWUH-6gWf5U-6gS4Lz-aZTHL2-79G7HH-bpMX6X-4o8Ssh-8fM32F-e9TPXj/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theclubhousekid/4639752911/in/photolist-6F6n41-84ZWTR-uo6tj-7y3Ukn-9uUb2n-4UDaBG-9uRhvB-9uVwA7-6aPq9-9CcJMF-9CcJEa-9CfDHL-9CfDwW-9CcJU2-9K3f3s-HrmH7-2q4Kr1-3ZBv4r-5UmdBn-4yhViR-8KP73j-bt676e-e4f3mh-4ZRwxm-GYpE9-6su8Qy-5m6GuB-GYpxC-GYpyC-GYr2T-GYpi1-GYqPc-GYqUH-GYqVr-GYpjL-GYr5T-GYr7R-GYpkW-GYpoh-GYph5-GYqWV-GYqSF-GYpv5-GYqYc-GYpAN-GYpb7-GYpgh-GYpeY-GYpcm-GYpdC-BstoV/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theclubhousekid/4300834755/in/photolist-6F6n41-84ZWTR-uo6tj-7y3Ukn-9uUb2n-4UDaBG-9uRhvB-9uVwA7-6aPq9-9CcJMF-9CcJEa-9CfDHL-9CfDwW-9CcJU2-9K3f3s-HrmH7-2q4Kr1-3ZBv4r-5UmdBn-4yhViR-8KP73j-bt676e-e4f3mh-4ZRwxm-GYpE9-6su8Qy-5m6GuB-GYpxC-GYpyC-GYr2T-GYpi1-GYqPc-GYqUH-GYqVr-GYpjL-GYr5T-GYr7R-GYpkW-GYpoh-GYph5-GYqWV-GYqSF-GYpv5-GYqYc-GYpAN-GYpb7-GYpgh-GYpeY-GYpcm-GYpdC-BstoV/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamfanuel/2564779586/in/photolist-6F6n41-84ZWTR-uo6tj-7y3Ukn-9uUb2n-4UDaBG-9uRhvB-9uVwA7-6aPq9-9CcJMF-9CcJEa-9CfDHL-9CfDwW-9CcJU2-9K3f3s-HrmH7-2q4Kr1-3ZBv4r-5UmdBn-4yhViR-8KP73j-bt676e-e4f3mh-4ZRwxm-GYpE9-6su8Qy-5m6GuB-GYpxC-GYpyC-GYr2T-GYpi1-GYqPc-GYqUH-GYqVr-GYpjL-GYr5T-GYr7R-GYpkW-GYpoh-GYph5-GYqWV-GYqSF-GYpv5-GYqYc-GYpAN-GYpb7-GYpgh-GYpeY-GYpcm-GYpdC-BstoV/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/waywaiwaywai/5660538169/in/photolist-6F6n41-84ZWTR-uo6tj-7y3Ukn-9uUb2n-4UDaBG-9uRhvB-9uVwA7-6aPq9-9CcJMF-9CcJEa-9CfDHL-9CfDwW-9CcJU2-9K3f3s-HrmH7-2q4Kr1-3ZBv4r-5UmdBn-4yhViR-8KP73j-bt676e-e4f3mh-4ZRwxm-GYpE9-6su8Qy-5m6GuB-GYpxC-GYpyC-GYr2T-GYpi1-GYqPc-GYqUH-GYqVr-GYpjL-GYr5T-GYr7R-GYpkW-GYpoh-GYph5-GYqWV-GYqSF-GYpv5-GYqYc-GYpAN-GYpb7-GYpgh-GYpeY-GYpcm-GYpdC-BstoV/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/waywaiwaywai/5661106458/in/photolist-6F6n41-84ZWTR-uo6tj-7y3Ukn-9uUb2n-4UDaBG-9uRhvB-9uVwA7-6aPq9-9CcJMF-9CcJEa-9CfDHL-9CfDwW-9CcJU2-9K3f3s-HrmH7-2q4Kr1-3ZBv4r-5UmdBn-4yhViR-8KP73j-bt676e-e4f3mh-4ZRwxm-GYpE9-6su8Qy-5m6GuB-GYpxC-GYpyC-GYr2T-GYpi1-GYqPc-GYqUH-GYqVr-GYpjL-GYr5T-GYr7R-GYpkW-GYpoh-GYph5-GYqWV-GYqSF-GYpv5-GYqYc-GYpAN-GYpb7-GYpgh-GYpeY-GYpcm-GYpdC-BstoV/

 

I have researched some examples of semiotics in photography. There are perfect examples how simple things can have so deep meanings. My favorite one is image of the road, one is a big slow down sign and another side two cars where one is marked red colour same as cone. This image is powerful as there are many signs that work perfectly together. Also there is meaning of traffic behind the science, also there may be meaning of well-regulated roads.

 

 

Explore the website Humphrey Spender’s Worktown

 

http://spender.boltonmuseums.org.uk/index.html

 

Briefly reflect in your learning log on Humphrey Spender’s documentary style and the themes of Worktown, with particular emphasis on the ethics and purpose of the project.

 

The article ’90 and Counting’, published in BJP magazine five years before Spender’s death, will give you some background information on the photographer and the project.

 

Core resources: BJP_Spender.pdf

 

After exploring Spender’s website I have to say his project was based more on anthropology than taking portraits, we can call his style scientific with objective views. The aim was to record life style in working class in England.

 

His work was never intent to be an art, as other documentary photographers work we analyzed. He had no interest in economical or political or social issues around England. We also had chosen only one social class – working people.

Spender had very easy task to make a record, as editor he worked for did not want images like other newspapers have. We research many documentary styles, all of them are called documentary, but has different approach and goal. Documentary will be good if we will know what to achieve by employing certain styles and techniques. Wider understandings of documentary photography make huge difference in quality of photographs.

 

Do your own research into FSA project and the work of the photographers listed here and others.

Many of the images taken by FSA photographers reached the public via magazines and newspapers such as Life and New York Times, although it was in the shape of the documentary photography book that most images acquired their near-cult status. The photographs in books such as You Have Seen Their Faces, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Land of the Free and An American Exodus stimulated the readers’ emotions, through the emotion was guided by the text (Scott, 1986, p.215). However, these books arguably showed a tendency to reduce their subjects to pure symbols of hardship and deprivation.

So, an ethical question arises: were the FSA photographers exploiting their subjects?

 

FSA was government agency and had a publicity department to explain what problems are and solve them. The aim was to create land and resources for farm workers and government experts who helped them implement modern farming methods on arable land. President’s agricultural policy had been to decrease production and increase prices of farm products. This program was criticized for manipulation for political reasons. Farm Security Administration helped farmers to buy farms with help from the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act. The most famous photographs are:

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Source: http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_14.html

 

During 1935-1942 photographers as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott, Russell Lee, Jack Delano, John Collier, Jr., Carl Mydans and Gordon Parks traveled around the world documenting farm communities. In total there is 175,000 black-and-white negatives, some colour photographs has been made too. This project can be called anthropology, as documenting involved studies about people lives, how they changed, and so many people could not survive without it.

I found this website extremely helpul to understand project, as there are interviews with some farmers from FSA:

 

http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_14.html

 

The question is: were the FSA photographers exploiting their subjects?

 

My answer would be yes. This photographic project had a significant importance on photographer’s carriers such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, also for the emergence of documentary photography.

 

Source: http://www.indiana.edu/~libsalc/newdeal/FSA.html

 

 

 

 

Read the article ‘Cannon Folder: Eugene Atget’ by Abigail Solomon-Godeau (in Photography at the Dock, 2009, pp. 28-51). This article is provided as an Appendix at the back of this course. NOTE: If you are viewing this course digitally, and you do not have a copy of this recommended book, please email enquires@oca-uk.com to ask for a copy to be sent in the post.

(Copyright restrictions allow single photocopies only)

 

Research the work of the surrealist photographers mentioned above. In your learning log write a bullet list of key visual and conceptual characteristics that you think their work has in common.

 

From a perspective of documentary photography, surrealism should not be regarded as a genre with solid boundaries. For surrealism to be of any practical benefit in documentary it needs to be seen as a distinctive visual and conceptual strategy which can e deployed in a variety of circumstances and contexts.

 

In documentary, surreal B&W images are not only the domain of street photography but also belong to classic reportage tradition. In this short but prolific career as a photographer, Tony Ray-Jones often opted for a surrealist approach in his explorations of British idiosyncrasies, e.g. Glynderbourne, 1967. Hardcore themes such as those tackled by photojournalist Paolo Pellegrin sometimes benefit from a surreal photographic style that enhances connotations of irrationality and inhumanity. Pellegrin’s photographs of Bosnian children have a dreamy, spooky quality.

 

www.magnumphotos.com/Catalogue/Paolo-Pellegrin/1996/BOSNIAChildren-1996-NN139110.html

 

This essay looks into Eugene Atget’s photography also what influence it had on Berenice Abbott. Atget was an inventor of surrealism, so his work was an example for other surrealism photographers; they followed his path to modernism. Below I research Eugene Atget’s and Berenice Abbott works and find some points that are in common for both photographers.

 

Berenice Abbott:

 

http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Berenice-Abbott.html

 

http://www.commercegraphics.com/ba_portraits.html

 

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Eugene Atget:

 

 

http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Eugene-Atget.html

 

http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=229

 

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  • New portrait format, something between formal portrait and photojournalism.

 

  • Images did not reveal information they raise questions.

 

  • Popular juxtaposition

 

  • Contrast in light

 

  • Popular reflections

 

  • Geometric lines used to take viewer through all image, not focus on one certain point.

 

  • Blured images

 

For me surrealism is the lien where documentary photography meets art. Atget done an amazing job by presenting this genre to audience and other photographers. All the exercises before were based on documenting, but no word about art. I am glad I discovered this genre, as this is definitely something that I would like to work on in the future. Maybe in assignment 2?

 

 

Vivian Maier, whose work was only recently discovered, built a vast collection of images of life in Chicago and New York. Her main body of work, taken in the 1950s, shows surrealist elements.

 

Explore the Vivian Maier website (www.vivianmaier.com) and identify five street photographs that show the influence of surrealism. Write a short reflective commentary in your learning log.

 

Do some independent research into contemporary street photography.

 

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 Vivian Meyer born in 1926, most of her time she spent working as a nanny in Chicago and New York. Her work was recognized after her death in 2009. She used to take her camera everywhere she went, however she never showed her pictures or even developed photographic rolls. Her pictures have a surrealism signs, those images raises many questions.

 

Diane Arbus said, “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” Mayer perfectly reflects this idea in her photography.

Mayer’s talent surprises the world and no one can understand how someone working as a nanny can create such powerful imaginary. This is shame her images was found after her death, she would never know how good her photography really is. There is an article about this:

 

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/splash/20393313-418/richard-cahan-shares-his-fascination-with-vivian-maier-and-her-mysterious-legacy.html

 

Contemporary street photographers:

 

  1. Zack Arias

http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/06/the-50-greatest-street-photographers-right-now/zack-arias

 

  1. Tomek Werblański

 

http://9shots.pl/blog/

 

  1. JR

http://www.jr-art.net

 

  1. Jesse Wright

http://www.jessewrightphoto.com

 

  1. Martin Roemers

http://www.martinroemers.com

 

  1. Matt Stuart

http://www.mattstuart.com

 

  1. Brian Sparks

http://www.flickr.com/photos/18747317@N00

 

  1. Richard Sandler

http://www.richardsandler.com/photography.html

 

  1. Bruce Gilden

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZS6V

 

  1. Daido Moriyama

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/03/27/5-lessons-daido-moriyama-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/

 

 

Some of those photographers are very talented, however when I was doing my research I found lots of very primitive street photographs, it seems like everyone can be street photographer if you have a camera and time. Seems like street photography is something completely different to other genres, no creativity, no reasons for documenting. This exercise give an idea how difficult is to be successful street photographer, especially someone like Eugene Atget. He not only provided very good photographs, but also found a new photographic genre.

Martin Parr, MJH Studio, Christian Rodriguez, David Maurice Smith, Michael Hanson, Aechath Adam, Amanda Berg,

Research point:

 

Historical developments in documentary photography

 

  • Term ’’documentary’’ first used in 1926.
  • In 1930 concept of photographic story telling was born. 1947 Magnum was founded (famous photographers: Robert Capa and Henri- Carrtier Brensson)
  • In 1850 photography used to record moments of war (1939 -1945). The most famous photographers were Robert Fenton and Matthew Brady.
  • In 1851 – Mission Héliographiques. Few photographers sent to France to photograph images for historic sites.

 

 

Martin Parr (1952) – Magnum photographer, who showed us war time in totally different accept, he hasn’t been involved in in war zones photography. He photographed how people lived outside war zone.

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References:

 

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/heli/hd_heli.htm

 

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL5357TF

 

http://www.martinparr.com/faq/

 

MJH Studio:

 

Wedding photographer, however he made few other projects, my favorite one is ‘50 Percent Stranger’. He watched strangers for a while, then he decide to ask them to be photographed, also reveals some information about them. I think this photographer broke the distance between him and his subject, as he fights the fear to take photographs of strangers. Well done! The results are amazing…

Some of the images are not high quality which is shame, I wouldn’t use them for my website…

 

Website: http://www.mjhstudio.co.uk/50-perfect-strangers/

 

Christian Rodriguez (1980, Uruguay):

 

Christian Rodriguez studied drawing and painting at ‘’Taller Dellioti’’, later gained MA in Documentary photography. One of my favorite his project is ‘’Teen Mum’’, and amazing images of women in labour, he catches the right moment when baby head arrives, that means that he must spend lots of time waiting for this particular moment (I know this form my own experience). This fact makes me wonder, there are many man who refuse to witness the labour of their own childrens and Rodriguez made this without any problems, all women are strangers to him and he does not fell that this is incorrect in many ways. I am quite surprised that these women agree to be photographed as this moment is so personal.

Website: http://www.christian-rodriguez.com/#!the-birth/c24q9

 

Zakaria Zainal (1985, Singapore) graduated from School of Communication in Nanyang Technological University. He doesn’t have photographic education, however his photographs travel around the world with exibitions. My attention caught Gurkha project, images of retired Sigapore army.This perfect documentary set as every image tells us a strory who those people were and how their life looks now.

 

Website: http://zakariazainal.com/#/Personal%20Work/Our%20Gurkhas/8/

 

 

 

David Maurice Smith

 

David Maurice Smith (1973, Canada)  – documentary photographer based in Sydney. Originally Smith has worked as support worker disadvantaged community. Then turn into photography, has many documentary photographer awards. Smith’s previous carrier showed in his photographic work, Aboriginal Community project where he tents to explore and reveal stereotypes of this community. Why I like documentary photography? Every photographer has a clear idea what to show and how to do it. Why I like new breed of Documentary photographers? As they reveal new issues and problems, that are relevant now.

 

Website: http://www.davidmauricesmith.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=8

 

Michael Hanson

 

Michel Hanson (1981, United States) received many award such as World’s Top Travel Photographers and Images of the Year. Hanson photography carrier started then he finished his footballer’s carrier. There is no surprise that one of his projects cover basketball photography. However he wanted to show basketball in hi images different, so he traveled to Dominican Republic and photographed young teenager who will be signing contract with major football team. A photographer reveals strong connection with the subject, as it has been his carrier for years.

 

Website:http://michaelhansonphotography.com/P-R-O-J-E-C-T-S/DOMINICAN-BASEBALL/6/

 

Aechath Adam

 

Aechath Adam (1985, Maldives) has master’s degree in Documentary Photography. Her images are more about homelands, revealing her childhood being split between UK, Hawaii and Maldives. One of her famous project called ‘Between Windows and Walls’ where she reveals Maldives issues between migrant’s forced labor and human rights violations. Photographer take images of these people at work and home and every spare minute they have for themselves.

 

Website: http://www.instinctsandillusions.com/portfolio/permalink/366299/7670eeb44dce2a

 

Amanda Berg

 

Amanda Berg (1989, United States) graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with degree in Photojournalism. Currently studying Experimental and Documentary Arts in Duke University. Berg’s photographic issues cover women’s football, military and civilian lives.

The most interesting Berg’s project called ‘Keg Stand Queens: Binge Drinking’ this covers women’s drinking problem in U.S., statistically females use more alcohol than men, that’s clearly showed in her imagery.

 

Website: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/stories/AmandaBerg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/heli/hd_heli.htm

 

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL5357TF

 

http://www.martinparr.com/faq/

 

MJH Studio:

 

Wedding photographer, however he made few other projects, my favorite one is ‘50 Percent Stranger’. He watched strangers for a while, then he decide to ask them to be photographed, also reveals some information about them. I think this photographer broke the distance between him and his subject, as he fights the fear to take photographs of strangers. Well done! The results are amazing…

Some of the images are not high quality which is shame, I wouldn’t use them for my website…

 

Website: http://www.mjhstudio.co.uk/50-perfect-strangers/

 

Christian Rodriguez (1980, Uruguay):

 

Christian Rodriguez studied drawing and painting at ‘’Taller Dellioti’’, later gained MA in Documentary photography. One of my favorite his project is ‘’Teen Mum’’, and amazing images of women in labour, he catches the right moment when baby head arrives, that means that he must spend lots of time waiting for this particular moment (I know this form my own experience). This fact makes me wonder, there are many man who refuse to witness the labour of their own childrens and Rodriguez made this without any problems, all women are strangers to him and he does not fell that this is incorrect in many ways. I am quite surprised that these women agree to be photographed as this moment is so personal.

Website: http://www.christian-rodriguez.com/#!the-birth/c24q9

 

Zakaria Zainal (1985, Singapore) graduated from School of Communication in Nanyang Technological University. He doesn’t have photographic education, however his photographs travel around the world with exibitions. My attention caught Gurkha project, images of retired Sigapore army.This perfect documentary set as every image tells us a strory who those people were and how their life looks now.

 

Website: http://zakariazainal.com/#/Personal%20Work/Our%20Gurkhas/8/

 

 

 

David Maurice Smith

 

David Maurice Smith (1973, Canada)  – documentary photographer based in Sydney. Originally Smith has worked as support worker disadvantaged community. Then turn into photography, has many documentary photographer awards. Smith’s previous carrier showed in his photographic work, Aboriginal Community project where he tents to explore and reveal stereotypes of this community. Why I like documentary photography? Every photographer has a clear idea what to show and how to do it. Why I like new breed of Documentary photographers? As they reveal new issues and problems, that are relevant now.

 

Website: http://www.davidmauricesmith.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=8

 

Michael Hanson

 

Michel Hanson (1981, United States) received many award such as World’s Top Travel Photographers and Images of the Year. Hanson photography carrier started then he finished his footballer’s carrier. There is no surprise that one of his projects cover basketball photography. However he wanted to show basketball in hi images different, so he traveled to Dominican Republic and photographed young teenager who will be signing contract with major football team. A photographer reveals strong connection with the subject, as it has been his carrier for years.

 

Website:http://michaelhansonphotography.com/P-R-O-J-E-C-T-S/DOMINICAN-BASEBALL/6/

 

Aechath Adam

 

Aechath Adam (1985, Maldives) has master’s degree in Documentary Photography. Her images are more about homelands, revealing her childhood being split between UK, Hawaii and Maldives. One of her famous project called ‘Between Windows and Walls’ where she reveals Maldives issues between migrant’s forced labor and human rights violations. Photographer take images of these people at work and home and every spare minute they have for themselves.

 

Website: http://www.instinctsandillusions.com/portfolio/permalink/366299/7670eeb44dce2a

 

Amanda Berg

 

Amanda Berg (1989, United States) graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with degree in Photojournalism. Currently studying Experimental and Documentary Arts in Duke University. Berg’s photographic issues cover women’s football, military and civilian lives.

The most interesting Berg’s project called ‘Keg Stand Queens: Binge Drinking’ this covers women’s drinking problem in U.S., statistically females use more alcohol than men, that’s clearly showed in her imagery.

 

Website: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/stories/AmandaBerg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research point:

 

Historical developments in documentary photography

 

  • Term ’’documentary’’ first used in 1926.
  • In 1930 concept of photographic story telling was born. 1947 Magnum was founded (famous photographers: Robert Capa and Henri- Carrtier Brensson)
  • In 1850 photography used to record moments of war (1939 -1945). The most famous photographers were Robert Fenton and Matthew Brady.
  • In 1851 – Mission Héliographiques. Few photographers sent to France to photograph images for historic sites.

 

 

Martin Parr (1952) – Magnum photographer, who showed us war time in totally different accept, he hasn’t been involved in in war zones photography. He photographed how people lived outside war zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/heli/hd_heli.htm

 

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL5357TF

 

http://www.martinparr.com/faq/

 

MJH Studio:

 

Wedding photographer, however he made few other projects, my favorite one is ‘50 Percent Stranger’. He watched strangers for a while, then he decide to ask them to be photographed, also reveals some information about them. I think this photographer broke the distance between him and his subject, as he fights the fear to take photographs of strangers. Well done! The results are amazing…

Some of the images are not high quality which is shame, I wouldn’t use them for my website…

 

Website: http://www.mjhstudio.co.uk/50-perfect-strangers/

 

Christian Rodriguez (1980, Uruguay):

 

Christian Rodriguez studied drawing and painting at ‘’Taller Dellioti’’, later gained MA in Documentary photography. One of my favorite his project is ‘’Teen Mum’’, and amazing images of women in labour, he catches the right moment when baby head arrives, that means that he must spend lots of time waiting for this particular moment (I know this form my own experience). This fact makes me wonder, there are many man who refuse to witness the labour of their own childrens and Rodriguez made this without any problems, all women are strangers to him and he does not fell that this is incorrect in many ways. I am quite surprised that these women agree to be photographed as this moment is so personal.

Website: http://www.christian-rodriguez.com/#!the-birth/c24q9

 

Zakaria Zainal (1985, Singapore) graduated from School of Communication in Nanyang Technological University. He doesn’t have photographic education, however his photographs travel around the world with exibitions. My attention caught Gurkha project, images of retired Sigapore army.This perfect documentary set as every image tells us a strory who those people were and how their life looks now.

 

Website: http://zakariazainal.com/#/Personal%20Work/Our%20Gurkhas/8/

 

 

 

David Maurice Smith

 

David Maurice Smith (1973, Canada)  – documentary photographer based in Sydney. Originally Smith has worked as support worker disadvantaged community. Then turn into photography, has many documentary photographer awards. Smith’s previous carrier showed in his photographic work, Aboriginal Community project where he tents to explore and reveal stereotypes of this community. Why I like documentary photography? Every photographer has a clear idea what to show and how to do it. Why I like new breed of Documentary photographers? As they reveal new issues and problems, that are relevant now.

 

Website: http://www.davidmauricesmith.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=8

 

Michael Hanson

 

Michel Hanson (1981, United States) received many award such as World’s Top Travel Photographers and Images of the Year. Hanson photography carrier started then he finished his footballer’s carrier. There is no surprise that one of his projects cover basketball photography. However he wanted to show basketball in hi images different, so he traveled to Dominican Republic and photographed young teenager who will be signing contract with major football team. A photographer reveals strong connection with the subject, as it has been his carrier for years.

 

Website:http://michaelhansonphotography.com/P-R-O-J-E-C-T-S/DOMINICAN-BASEBALL/6/

 

Aechath Adam

 

Aechath Adam (1985, Maldives) has master’s degree in Documentary Photography. Her images are more about homelands, revealing her childhood being split between UK, Hawaii and Maldives. One of her famous project called ‘Between Windows and Walls’ where she reveals Maldives issues between migrant’s forced labor and human rights violations. Photographer take images of these people at work and home and every spare minute they have for themselves.

 

Website: http://www.instinctsandillusions.com/portfolio/permalink/366299/7670eeb44dce2a

 

Amanda Berg

 

Amanda Berg (1989, United States) graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with degree in Photojournalism. Currently studying Experimental and Documentary Arts in Duke University. Berg’s photographic issues cover women’s football, military and civilian lives.

The most interesting Berg’s project called ‘Keg Stand Queens: Binge Drinking’ this covers women’s drinking problem in U.S., statistically females use more alcohol than men, that’s clearly showed in her imagery.

 

Website: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/stories/AmandaBerg