Steve Middlehurst's learning log
OCA course: BA (Hons) Photography
Identity and Place
Student ID : 512357
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t reading enough”
"True, there are photographers who are failed artists, but so are most artists"
"Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again."
"Though nothing earth-shattering seems to be going on, take photographs anyhow. This helps you remember what happened today, which will be far more remarkable in the light of memory."
Newspaper horoscope from Phillip Brookman
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Monthly Archives: April 2016
In the context of further exploring the notion of photographs as mirrors, the course notes suggest a viewing of a video of Elina Brotherus talking to OCA students in 2015 (1). In this forty minute film the multi award winning artist photographer discusses … Continue reading
Following on from researching John Szarkowski’s concept of categorising photographs into mirrors or windows (see here) this exercise delves into my archive to find photographs that represent the second of these two view points, the window, having previously looked at mirrors here. A photograph that might be … Continue reading
Following on from researching John Szarkowski’s concept of categorising photographs into mirrors or windows (see here) this exercise delves my archive to find photographs that represent the first of these two view points. A photograph that might be called a mirror will tend … Continue reading
In 1978 John Szarkowski curated Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art; in the same year the exhibition catalogue was published as a book of the same name (1). The exhibition explored Szarkowski’s theory … Continue reading
Another Way of Telling (1), a collaboration between the writer John Berger and Photographer Jean Mohr, is a rich source of material on a variety of photography subjects. I looked at Mohr’s series Marcel or the Right to Choose as part … Continue reading
Contextualisation Having researched the response to farming by a number of practitioners I considered that much of their work, probably unintentionally, romanticised both the settings and the lifestyle (here). Jean Mohr’s lone herdsman tending his cows against the magnificent backdrop of … Continue reading