Category Archives: Part 1 – Origins of Photographic Portraiture

Portraits Revisited

Influenced by looking at Bill Brandt, August Sander, and Frank Meadow Sutcliffe I completed the exercises either side of assignment one in black and white; this has been interesting and there is no doubt that monochrome continues to play an … Continue reading

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Archival Intervention: “Our Lot”

We rarely intervene to curate photographs of common topics from the family photo archive that has evolved over several generations as families join in marriage. This selection of twelve photographs spans fifty-seven years representing six separate families who only became connected when Exel married Tomlins, Marsh … Continue reading

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Diane Arbus: A Lifelong Confession

The course notes make the point that Diane Arbus’ work was informed by August Sander and that she described her practice as “gathering a butterfly collection”; a combination of Sanders and entomology (i) suggests that we should contextualise her work as typology. However, there are … Continue reading

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A Portrait Typology

This typology features nine people in their working environment on a small, rural, light-industrial estate. The composition and lighting aims to focus attention on the subject to ensure these pictures represent portraits of the subjects and by using a wide frame and deep … Continue reading

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A Portrait of Diane Arbus

John Szarkowski believed that Diane Arbus’ “enlarged sense of reality” made her work unique but he also saw that there was value in helping her contextulise her contemporary anthropologies and in 1964 encouraged  her to study August Sander’s work (1). It is … Continue reading

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Hans Eijkelboom: People of The Twenty-First Century

As one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century August Sander (here), has inspired a diverse group of practitioners across several generations including Diane Arbus, Andreas Gursky, the Bechers and Irving Penn but perhaps his work’s most direct descendant is a conceptual … Continue reading

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Background as Context: August Sander

As previously discussed (here) August Sander’s body of work is huge, his archive includes 40,000 photographs and many others were destroyed by the Nazis to by the Allied bombing of Cologne. I have restricted my analysis of his compositional techniques to the … Continue reading

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