Tag Archives: Irving Penn

Charlotte Cotton: Something and Nothing (part 1)

In The Photograph as Contemporary Art (1) Charlotte Cotton includes a chapter that investigates the strategy of using inanimate objects or environments as a metaphor. In practice this chapter considers contemporary still life photography rather more than human altered landscapes without human … 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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Hans Eijkelboom: People of The Twenty-First Century

As one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century August Sander (here), has inspired a diverse group of practitioners across several generations including Diane Arbus, Andreas Gursky, the Bechers and Irving Penn but perhaps his work’s most direct descendant is a conceptual … Continue reading

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August Sander: Typologist

In an age when contemporary portrait photography can appear detached, in terms of influence, from the notable photographers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century it is interesting to hear Alec Soth sing the praises of a humble, jobbing, studio photographer from a … Continue reading

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