Tag Archives: August Sander

A4 Process: The Portraits – Twenty-Six Opinions

When Gillian Wearing asked strangers to write their thoughts on a card before being photographed it appears that she closed off the idea for other photographers. There are a small number of practitioners who have explored similar ideas (here) but its most … Continue reading

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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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Assignment 3: Un Altro Paese

Un Altro Paese – Montefino 2016 Twelve years ago I was working for an international company, travelling extensively, inhabiting bland contemporary offices, chain hotels, the latest best restaurant in town, motorways and airports communicating ceaselessly by mobile phone, conference call, … Continue reading

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Assignment 2 Research: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

It is rare for photographs to be published in total isolation from text whether it be hashtags, blogs, captions, cutlines, essays, artist statements, articles, news stories, words inside the frame or in books; the relationship between words and pictures is a subject in its … Continue reading

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The Unaware, Some Strategies

In Camera Lucida (1) Roland Barthes discusses his reaction to being photographed. He describes how once he feels himself “observed by the lens, everything changes. I constitute myself in the process of posing, I transform myself into an image”. Some photographers … Continue reading

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People at Work and Charlotte Schrieber

I based an earlier investigation into typologies on people working on a small rural industrial estate on the Surrey Hampshire borders (here). The main reference point was August Sander (here) but I was conscious of a small number of other photographers who had … Continue reading

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Assignment 1 – The Non-Familiar

Assignment Concept Assignment 1 calls for portraits of the non-familiar, people previously unknown to the photographer. My aim was to use a series of formal studio portraits to explore how perceived identity is transformed  as the context of the portrait is modified. Contextual Background … 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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