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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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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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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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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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