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A5 Research: Farmwork – Colin Shaw

I first came across Colin Shaw’s Farmwork in one of Café Royal Books’ (1 & 2) excellent little pamphlet publications that are fast creating a remarkable archive of 1970s and 80s British documentary photography. After researching the photographer and recognising … Continue reading

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A5 Research: The Myth of the Countryside Idyll

Our perspective of the English countryside is as a rural idyll; a place of tended pastures, thriving crops, cottage-fringed village greens hosting fetes and flower shows whilst bearded men with pipes, and pints watch cricket from dark beamed pubs. A viewpoint that could … Continue reading

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A5 Research: Denis Thorpe – The Shepherd’s Year

I have been broadening my net looking for photographers who have produced notable studies of farmers. My tutor suggested looking at Denis Thorpe’s 1979 book The Shepherd’s Year (1) on which he collaborated with the journalist Alan Dunn. I was luckily … Continue reading

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A3 Research – Survivors in Ukraine: Stephen Shore

Background Stephen Shore’s Survivors in Ukraine (1) is highly relevant as research for assignment 3. It documents a community, albeit one defined by age and ethnicity as opposed to geography, and Shore, in this instance, might be described as a connected outsider. … Continue reading

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Elina Brotherus: Where the Mirror is a Window

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

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Assignment 2: Self Assessment

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills At a technical level there are a number of weaknesses in this series; for example Fig. o1 would have been more striking if I had used daylight flash and underexposed the background and I am concerned … Continue reading

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Assignment 2: Process and Preparation

Initial Ideas As previously mentioned I initially envisioned assignment 2 to be a series strongly referencing Julian Germain’s Every Minute …. (reviewed here), Kaylynn Deveney’s The Day-to-Life of Albert Hastings (reviewed here) and Nigel Shafran’s various portrait series of his wife Ruth (reviewed here) but my subject … Continue reading

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