Tag Archives: Paul Strand

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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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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A3 Research: Paul Strand – Un Paese

Luzzara, a small town on the banks of the River Po in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy appears to be an unremarkable place but, in 1953, Paul Strand collaborated with the screen writer Cesare Zavattini to photograph it. According to Peter Barberie (1) … Continue reading

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The Gaze

John Berger argues that “the reciprocal nature of vision is more fundamental than that of spoken language” (1 p.9) . Small children ask whether people on the television can see them but have to learn that covering their eyes fails to make … Continue reading

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The Pose

Reading Susanne Holschbach’s’s essay The Pose: Its Troubles and Pleasures in Street and Studio (1) began a chain of thought about the evolution of the pose in portrait photography. In the nineteenth century photographic practices, especially in portraiture, were a continuation of the, … 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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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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