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-façade 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.  

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