Exercise · Moriyama, Peterson and Sobol

Moriyama, Peterson and Sobol In these different photographers there are similarities in terms of the tonal qualities and style of photo. I can see that there is a thread of influence between Moriyama and some of what Peterson has photographed, mainly in terms of the grit and grain of the subject. Sobol also clearly hasContinue reading “Exercise · Moriyama, Peterson and Sobol”

Exercise · Research work by Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama Moriyama official site: https://www.moriyamadaido.com/en/photogallery/ ‘Daido Moriyama Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1938, Daido Moriyama came to photography in the late 1950s while fitfully pursuing a career as a graphic designer. A 1967 award from the Japan Photo Critics Association launched him on a career that immediately peaked with his first book, Japan, a photo theatreContinue reading “Exercise · Research work by Daido Moriyama”

Exercise · Reflective commentary on Vivian Maier’s images

Vivian Maier All images: http://www.vivianmaier.com/gallery/color-1/#slide-1 Is was not difficult to discover surrealist leanings in Maier’s work, herself seeming something of a surreal character, not to say strange. Generally what I see in Maier’s work is someone with an active perception for the strange and juxtaposed. I feel that she took photos in a way that indicatedContinue reading “Exercise · Reflective commentary on Vivian Maier’s images”

Paolo Pellegrin · an interview

Reflexions on work of Pellegrin Interview with Pellegrin https://psmag.com/magazine/interview-with-photojournalist-paolo-pellegrin Pellegrin is interviewed here about his general direction as a photojournalist and documentarian of war in particular. Pellegrin uses in some of the images from this series, a camera angle akin to that used by Winograd on occasions in his New York street photos: an extremeContinue reading “Paolo Pellegrin · an interview”

Surrealist conceptual characteristics and devices

The surrealist – their methods in photography Much of the modern day surrealist photography that one finds tends to be heavily manipulated and photoshopped even though fantastical and though provoking. However, what I think is interesting is to find the surreal in every day life as a found narrative. Below is a list of theContinue reading “Surrealist conceptual characteristics and devices”

Project · Psychogeographies

The flâneur The figure of the flâneur as Sontag puts it is a figure: ‘The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitring, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flaneur finds the worldContinue reading “Project · Psychogeographies”

Reflections · André Breton and the birth of surrealism

André Breton: Surrealist manifesto 1924 http://www.surrealismart.org/history/andre-breton.html webster dictionary: Surrealism; ‘the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations’ Breton’s definition: ‘Psychic automatism in its pure state by which one proposes to express-verbally, by means of theContinue reading “Reflections · André Breton and the birth of surrealism”

Black and white and Surrealism

B&W and Surrealism In looking at surrealism it is interesting to seek out its origins as a genre of work that attempted not only to express itself through photography but also painting and poetry. Sontag alluded quite strongly to the idea that photography was the most successful candidate in exploring the ‘terrain’ of surrealist art: ItContinue reading “Black and white and Surrealism”

Exercise · reading Marcus Bleasdale

Comments on reading Marcus Bleasdale Short interview with Bleadsdale: https://vimeo.com/20980346 Bleasdale is an impressive figure in that he left behind a profitable and comfortable lifestyle for what can only perhaps be described as for compassionate purposes. Being a banker, he turned into a photojournalist and began work in the conflict zones of the Congo. OverContinue reading “Exercise · reading Marcus Bleasdale”

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