Sean Salyards

In researching photographers, I stumbled across Sean Salyards. He has written an interesting piece about his project “Acquaintances.” It resonates with my work.. in particular I understand his point that the portrait photograph is a social contract between the photographer and the subject.. but also similitude of all potential latent human interactions. The full text …

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Dramaturgy

Sociologist Erving Goffman developed the concept of dramaturgy, the idea that life is like a never-ending play in which people are actors. Goffman believed that when we are born, we are thrust onto a stage called everyday life, and that our socialization consists of learning how to play our assigned roles from other people. We …

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Chris Jordan

The fashionable artist of the green movement… He makes some very acidic observations about the environment and the condition of the world we live in. He visually examines the vast and bizarre measures of society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, …

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CHIMERAS: 1998

In researching Aziz + Cucher I discovered a body of their work that bizarrely (or not) is called.. as my own project is called, Chimera(s). The body of work is powerful, disturbing, and in my opinion brilliantly creative. A failed genetic experiment cross bred with lumpen metallic objects wrapped in skin. “Somewhere between Brancusi-esque bases …

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Notes From Dystopia: 1994

Notes From Dystopia The link to the page is above, and the page is copied below… Much of this Dystopia project, and the concepts of reality and manipulation are valid for the Chimera project. “Simulation is the only truth we can trust.” “The Medium is not the only Message” *** The Human Genome project is …

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Reflections, Thoughts and Next Steps

This week I have had a seminar with Kartini, and I presented my work to the “illuminare” group of fine art students st the University of Northampton. What was very revealing in constructing the PowerPoint, and then making the half hour talk was that the whole process forced me to step back and look at …

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Aziz + Cucher: Dystopia

“An inventory of a bizarre skin growth, DYSTOPIA, seems to document a pathology. It seems clear that at some level this pathology is not only dermatological, but cultural, commenting, perhaps, on the gradual but waxing loss of identity and the means of communication in a technological environment that promotes anonymity and conformity”. —Adrian W.B. Randolph …

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Trulzsch & Lehndorff: (Veruschka)

Veruschka was the very first supermodel. As the one personality who is inseparable from our appreciation of her body, Veruschka (whose real name is Vera Lehndorff) examines her body in relation to beauty, through transfigurations. She wants us to see that there is a major difference between “transform” and “transfigure”: The latter goes much deeper, …

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Oscar Gustave Rejlander

Rejlander is best known for his combination prints, elaborate genre and allegorical scenes made from multiple negatives carefully joined, printed on a single large sheet of paper, and then rephotographed to create a seamless image. The Two Ways of Life: 1857 The photograph is a combination print, assembled from 30 individual negatives printed onto one …

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Jean-Baptiste Gustave Le Gray:

Jean-Baptiste Gustave Le Gray: 1820-1884. Has been called “the most important French photographer of the nineteenth century” because of his technical innovations in the still new medium of photography, his role as the teacher of other noted photographers, and the extraordinary imagination he brought to picture making”. Combination Printing: Creating seascapes by using one negative …

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