‘How Not to Photograph Sex Workers’ – Andy Day (fStoppers)

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)”

Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction – Catherine Belsen (2002)

Writing a short essay on a book about Poststructuralism seems quite ironic as one of the opening chapters focuses on the use of technical language to declare one’s proficiency in a subject matter, thereby confirming the legitimacy of the educational systems control over the structure of knowledge and who is recognised as qualified in thatContinue reading “Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction – Catherine Belsen (2002)”

The Theatre of the Face, Portrait Photography Since 1900 – Max Kozloff (2007)

Probably the best book I have read on portraiture, quite a statement to make but so far the vast majority of photography books focusing on portraits are either entirely historic with little reference to the bodies of work of the highlighted practitioners or the other extreme of entirely focusing on a selection of images withContinue reading “The Theatre of the Face, Portrait Photography Since 1900 – Max Kozloff (2007)”

What can a photograph tell us?

“illiteracy of the future will be ignorance of photography”(Moholy-Nagy:90) Moholy-Nagy, in his quote, echoed the sentiments of Vachel Lindsay’s “the acres of photographs in the Sunday newspapers make us into a hieroglyphic civilisation” (1916), and in these quotes the purpose of this essay is outlined. I intend, with the support of classical critical tools, toContinue reading “What can a photograph tell us?”

A Search for Juba, Lost in Royton.

By no means the first, but possibly the most documented, enslaved man in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester area Juba Royton is notable for his few but unique appearances in local and national records. These dates a merely records of occasions in his life, no images of him, no history before his arrival in OldhamContinue reading “A Search for Juba, Lost in Royton.”

Auto-Focus – The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography – Susan Bright (2010)

Auto-Focus is a look into the different sub-genres of self portraiture and the artist that are recognised for epitomising these approaches. Susan Bright, author of several books and papers on photographic theory, breaks the category of self-portraiture into 5 sub-genres namely; Autobiography – similar to the understanding used in literature but here challenged and expandedContinue reading “Auto-Focus – The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography – Susan Bright (2010)”

Photography The Key concepts – David Bate (2009)

David Bate presents an in depth wide view on photographic theory across the past 150+ years in a way that whilst as a whole is daunting, and frankly now I have come to the end hard to remember, it is also very well structured and developed throughout. I found myself being able to grasp eachContinue reading “Photography The Key concepts – David Bate (2009)”

Assignment 2: Narrative

Brief 1. Photographing the unseen Start by doing some reflecting in your learning log. What kinds of subjects might be seen as unphotographable? How might you go about portraying them using photography? List a few examples of things you’re experiencing now or have recently been thinking about. This doesn’t have to be too in-depth orContinue reading “Assignment 2: Narrative”

Exercise 4: Digital Manipulation

This exercise calls for the creation of a manipulated image. personally I don’t find myself drawn to composite or collaged images for my own work. I do appreciate the work of others utilising this approach to communicate. there ideas and concepts and I am not averse to the use in the future as my ownContinue reading “Exercise 4: Digital Manipulation”

Exercise 2: Street Photography

For this exercise I stuck to the two or three streets surrounding my home due to the lockdown restrictions at the time. For equipment I used a Sony a7iii with Sony 50mm f1.8 lens as I find the focal length appropriate for the purpose of shooting in a street photography style. In all honesty IContinue reading “Exercise 2: Street Photography”

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