Tag Archives: Bill Jay

Michael Kenna: The Evidence of Humanity

In her essay Something and Nothing (1) Charlotte Cotton considers a number of contemporary photographers who have investigated the evidence of humanity through uninhabited city and landscapes. This is an area of photography that is rich in examples, I have already discussed … 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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Seeking Influences in Portraiture – Art and Documentary

The ubiquitous nature of the photographic portrait brings unique challenges to the study of identity and place. It is a broad genre with seemingly endless sub-genres ranging from self portrait, street and documentary to fashion and studio photography. As a result I continue to … 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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David Hurn

David Hurn, who went on to become a Magnum photographer and a notable educator, only joined the camera club and eventually became a photographer as a way to escape the claustrophobic routine of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was … Continue reading

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Bill Jay – The Best Of End Notes

When researching the photography of dog walking I became distracted and diverted. Research is like that, I start on one subject, find a lead to another and so on and so on until I am way off topic but usually richer … Continue reading

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