It’s 1936, America is still reeling from the effects of the great depression and Dorothea Lange is returning home from her latest assignment, documenting the hardships of farmers in the dustbowls of California and Oklahoma. Lange is most of the way home when she has a feeling, a compulsion as she’s describes it, to turnContinue reading “Fake News?: Migrant Mother and How Her Story Was Changed”
Subverting Subversive Images: The Failure of Post-Modern Art to Influence Widespread Representational Change
If the intent of subversive imagery, especially Post-Modern art, is to challenge stereotypical representations, why are racist, misogynistic and objectifying views still prevalent in mass media commentary? Were post-modern artists just ‘preaching to the converted’?By analysing social media reaction to Tibor Kalman’s series ‘What if…’, specifically the manipulated image of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I aim toContinue reading “Subverting Subversive Images: The Failure of Post-Modern Art to Influence Widespread Representational Change”
My selection of Francesca Woodman for this comparison was influenced by a recent article from the BBC which revisits her work ahead of the new Marian Goodman gallery in New York exhibition of her work. Revisiting Woodman I decided to look back at some of the other works I have previously reviewed and in doing soContinue reading “Bourdin: Idolised by Woodman?￼”
‘Mrs Ova Heggi and her Mannequin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1974’, is a black and white 15 3/8″x15 5/16″ photograph which depicts a female subject within a messy room. The room appears large and depth-ful, with a myriad of discarded odds and ends, chairs, work tops and shelves each filled with stacks of indistinct objects. Behind theContinue reading “Mrs Ova Heggi and her Mannequin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1974′ – Rosalind Solomon”
Focused around two photographic projects in which the subject is sex workers. Namely the 2014 book ‘The Waiting Game’ by Txema Salvans a Spanish photographer and the 2020 Henry/Bragg project ‘Abscence of Evidence’. Salvans project is a series of 5×4 photographs, made over eight years, of sex workers waiting besides Catalan roads.The images are madeContinue reading “‘How Not to Photograph Sex Workers’ – Andy Day (fStoppers)”
It seems every book I have read recently is trying to fulfil the same aim, that of documenting the history of photography. I will admit however that whilst Badger’s ‘The Genius of Photography: How photography has changed our lives’ is structured in that familiar way, it’s differs in the actual content. Where other books seeContinue reading “The Genius of Photography – Gerry Badger (2006)”
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Hi, I’m Harley. Welcome to my blog where I talk about photographic theory and review books which focus on that subject. I’m a professional portrait photographer and conceptual artist based in Manchester. If you like my writing check out my social media and website for my portfolio of images and projects.
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