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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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John Szarkowski: Mirrors and Windows

In 1978 John Szarkowski curated Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art; in the same year the exhibition catalogue was published as a book of the same name (1). The exhibition explored Szarkowski’s theory … Continue reading

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Single Subject Series: Kaylynn Deveney

It is not unusual for a photographer to build up a portfolio of a single human subject based on someone with whom they have a close relationship such as Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, Harry Callahan and his wife Eleanor, David and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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