Category Archives: Part 4 – Image and Text

John Goto: Lover’s Rock

Continuing with the theme of digital art based on photography I have been considering the work of John Goto, a British artist who extensively uses his own photographs to create montages that represent social and political critiques. However, before looking at … Continue reading

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The Written Word

I looked at Kaylynn Deveney’s The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings as part of my research into assignment 2 (here). Sources Books (1) Deveney, Kaylynn (2007) The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings. New York: Princeton Architectural Press  

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Joel Sternfeld: Stranger Passing

In an age when so much contemporary photography features flat, grey skies, deadpan, desaturated colours and pale, wan portrait subjects it is refreshing to review Joel Sternfeld, one of the early colourists, who along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, wrested colour photography … Continue reading

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Rhetoric of the Image

Johnathan Culler (1) suggests that the cultural theorist Roland Barthes (1915 – 1980), outside France at least, has replaced Jean Paul Sartre as the leading French intellectual; whilst soon after his death, The New York Times described him as “one of the high … Continue reading

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A4 Research: Images and Text in the Real World or the Politics of Captions

Clive Scott reminds us that “photography in its entirety is an unstable medium” (1: p.78); a point proven, at least to myself, when considering how the intentions of Dorothea Lange’s photographs have been interpreted and reinterpreted as their textual context has changed over many … Continue reading

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A4 / A5 Research: Henrik Duncker and Yrjö Tuunanen, Hay on the Highway

In 1994 Finland held a referendum to decide whether to join the EU. 56.9% of the electorate voted in favour and the country joined the EU on 1st January 1995 adopting the Euro. In April 2016 the Finish parliament debated … Continue reading

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The Handwritten Word

The image and text come together in many different forms and so frequently that we usually view photographs in the context of accompanying text. Most commonly the text is external to the frame, a caption, title or a longer piece of writing … Continue reading

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Redlands: Photography Embedded Literature

The photograph is evidential so when it comes together with text we are conditioned to expect the words to support that function. The printed press and magazines rely upon this association and advertising continually exploits it so whilst it is never a … Continue reading

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Captions and the Appropriation of the Photograph

This photograph is Dorothea Lange’s most famous image, endlessly reproduced and discussed and that has become the most iconic image of the Great Depression. It is shown here with its original caption (i) as written by Lange. It goes beyond Henri … Continue reading

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The Verbal and Visual in Concert

The obvious place to start exploring the relationship between image and text might be captions and titles, whole books have been dedicated to the subject, but my starting point is the less commonly seen and rarely mastered work where the verbal and visual … Continue reading

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