Thursday, December 2, 2010

Abstract Photography

Abstraction photography: This genre focuses on the color, curves, and form than the subject itself.  Color not only grabs the viewer's attention, it also serves to hold the viewer's attention for an extended period of time.  For the curves aspect of the abstraction photo's what the curves do is buy constraining the movement of the viewer's eyes through an image. Basically, form makes the core of an image while color and curves amplify the image.

Straight photography:  This is where your image is taken realistically and the object is the same when you took the photo.  Basically it is the same straight up photo that isnt  manipulate it is just the photo that came from the camera.

Edward Weston

Edward weston was an American photograph.  He became a photograph from an early age and he was persuaded by his sister to move to California but he did to follow is career but then he realized that he needed more help.  So he went to Effingham, Illinois, in order to enroll in the Illinois School of Photography.  Some of the techniques and cameras he used was orthochromatic sheet film, then panchromatic film and he switched to it exclusively.  Weston photographed an took many photos of different styles set of subjects, including landscapes, still lifes, nudes, portraits, genre scenes and even whimsical parodies.  Some of his best images were taken of the trees and rocks at Point Lobos, California, near where he lived for many years.  A few years later he had a disease so he stopped taking photographs and instead looked over thousands of his best photos.  His work is mostly on the females body in an abstract way.  Also he creates forms that are curved that are fluid and round like a humans body form.  

Minor White

   After graduating from college, White purchased a 35 mm Argus camera and traveled to the West Coast. He worked at the Beverly Hotel in Portland, Oregon as a night clerk from 1937 to1938 and began his career in photography.  In the beginning of her career she took photos of waterfront and the city's nineteenth-century iron-fa├žade buildings, which were beginning to be demolished.  When he was taking photos White believed that taking photographs and examining photographs was a spiritual act.  White when he was shooting he was particular with regarding technical aspects of his work.  The message he was making to the viewers was that he created signs of emotion and images which are placed in sequence.  In his photographs it captures a emotionally symbolic vision using formal and structural part that takes a feeling or sense of recognition, like your looking into a mirror of yourself but going further than that.  He also devoted to the idea of equivalence.

Imogen Cunningham

   Imogen Cunningham takes photograph of flowers, industry, and nudes.  Most the flower aspects.  She worked as a photographer until her death at the age of ninety three in 1976.  Her photographs was tightly focused when she was taking the pictures.  Most of what she did in the 1920s was pictures of trees and tree trunks, magnolia blossoms, and calla lilies grown in her garden.  Her body of work was described as  visual accuracy that has nothing to do with science, but which shows the line and texture of her articulated by natural light and their own movements.

Wolfgang Tillmans

He was known the documentarian of his generation, also that of the London club and gay scenes.  For his images he shoots Politics, sex, beauty and these create an ambiguous tone that feels contemporary.  He takes pictures of his personal experiences and sensation in his life to pictures.  When he is taking photos of people he shoots they know that they are being photographed.  The people to him are accomplices who are helping him view reality.  He focuses on the details with in the pictures.  Also he shoots people nude but mostly he take of abstractions but he takes pictures snap like shots.  

Andres Gurzky

For his pictures he has vast space and takes up ur whole vision to look at the pictures.  They are like wow which is like sublime.  One of his famous pieces of work is the 99 cent store.  There is a lot going on but in a controlled way.  Also the colors and items make it organized chaos.  Gursky is drawn to large, anonymous, man-made spaces high rise outside at night, office lobbies that are vast.  He was inspired by the beautiful large spaces that seem to be repetitive.  He takes pictures at a high angle but it looks like you see everything from the top of the lobby to the bottom.  

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Conceptual Art: 
      This genre is photography that captures the idea or concept of the photo.  The concept and idea precedes the realization of the photo. These type of photos are usually still life or organized photographs.  

"In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art." by Sol LeWitt

Joseph Kosuth

Joseph artwork explores the nature of art and focuses on ideas at the fringe of art rather than on making art.  Also his art is very self referential.  Formalism, he said limited the possibilities for art with small amount of creative effort. One of his famous photographs is the One and Three Chairs and basically he is different because he took a photo of that chair printed it out and post it on the wall.  Then he had that same chair and put it to the side of it and it looked like it was the first and third chair like there is a space in between them.  

Sophie Calle

   Calle's photos are best known by its use of random sets of restrictions. When she is working she put herself and the people she is shooting she feels like she is in fictional world.  Also she puts her own little twist to it where her own life is put into the shot and her creativity towards the narrative and this is because he felt like she was the author and a character of her piece. Her photographs frequently depicts the human emotion and sensitive side, also finds the identity and intimacy of the human.  Basically she is different because she is like a spy when she is shooting for example she investigates what she is shooting also peoples private live.  

Sherrie Levine

She is best known for her work is re-photography from an artist of Walker Evans and his photo is called "After Walker Evans".  She is also known for her appropriations and this is taking a photo from a high and low culture to make it her own.  Her works have been understood as a commentary as ideal and the notions of creative originality, the realism and self-rule of the art object and its status as an art piece.  She is best known as the artist who reproduces pieces of art work for example from Evans. Basically she is taking other art and calling it her own by re-photographing it and making it her own.  Also she wants to be secretive about her art work.  

Cindy Sherman

    Her work is known for her conceptual portraits that shows a  different aspect or portraits with a twist.  She challenges the importance or the role of the females in the society and the media and nature of the photograph she has taken.  She is also known for her pop art aspect to her photographs.  Basically she photos of women and the role that they play in their own life.   Also she take the beauty side the women for example lying in bed.  The concept of her photos is a self portrait but it is not of her she tries to see her self in other women when taking a photograph. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Documentary:  This genre refers popular forms of chronicle significants and also historical events.  Basically it is a story within a photograph and this can be called photojournalism.  Most of the photographs are produce truthful, objective, but usually particular subjects most often pictures of people. ­­

Diane Arbus

 Diane Arbus is  in New York City in March of 1923, Diane Arbus grew up in Central Park West.  She was focus of taking pictures of people and their crazy stories 

Here is a quote from Diane Arbus:  "Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot. It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me.”

Arbus' work impacts the photography world with a sharp attack on the boundaries of what is considered to be proper or tasteful art.   One of her pictures more  notable photographs is the one with the child with the grenade in his hand and he is in Central Park.  

Farm Security Administration

 FSA was an effort during the Depression to combat American rural poverty.  "The FSA stressed "rural rehabilitation" efforts to improve the lifestyle of sharecroppers, tenants, and very poor landowning farmers, and a program to purchase submarginal land owned by poor farmers and resettle them in group farms on land more suitable for efficient farming."  Basically they helped poor farmers by purchasing land for them and put them into group to be more efficient.   The FSA photography project is most responsible for creating the image of the Depression in the USA.  Roy Stryker was an American economist, government official, and photographer. He is most famous for heading the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression and launching the documentary photography movement of the FSA.  He used his photography to show his economics texts and lectures.    Stryker's greatest contribution to the FSA's photographic project was as a manager.  The FSA is famous for its small but highly influential photography program, 1935–44, that portrayed the challenges of rural poverty. 

Larry Clark

Larry Clark is best know for his raw and contentious photographs and his focusing on teen sexuality, violence, and drug use.  Clark often uses sexually explicit imagery, as well as scenes of overt drug use and violence, actions that are addressed casually by his subjects but which are often shocking to his audiences.  The critics said about his work was that it is "exposing the reality of American suburban life at the fringe and for shattering long-held mythical conventions that drugs and violence were an experience solely indicative of the urban landscape."  He was just inspired to the teen life and what was happening with the dirty side of the teen life.  For example the drugs, sex, and fights.  

Nan Goldin

      "Her photographic journeys among the city's gay and transsexual communities was her inspiration to be a photographer." She started doing documentaries on the world of punk new wave music scene in the 70s and 80s.  Nan Golden shows in her photographs the us of drugs, violence, and aggressive couples.  Also she is best known for her richly colored, snapshot-like photographs. With in her art work she looks for the poor couples and shoots violent looking people and what their living situations.  Also she shoots the sexual life of the couples.  Most of her documentary shots are of couples or intimate scenes.  Her work confronts the everyday life of some people or couples that live in a harsh world.  

Larry Sultan

Larry Sultan made a series of pictures of his parents in their home, he was presented not only with the distortions made through the camera lens, but by his lens onto their life, too.  When he is shooting he is recording real life as it unfolded.  He used his parents in his work just as it was an ordinary day for the parents to act the same as they would and he would be taking photographs of them.