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Radical Eye, Tate Modern – OCA Study Visit 22.4.17

This exhibition was surprisingly marvellous. I was taken aback as I am not particularly a fan of Elton John (let’s call him EJ for the sake of brevity) or celebrity culture. I expected this to be just a not-very-sneaky way of … Continue reading

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Exercise: Shooting from the hip

I was surprised to find that this is the first time I have really tried doing this properly. It always seemed too sneaky and gimmicky. I have to confess that not only did I enjoy it but also quite liked … Continue reading

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Gathered Leaves by Alec Soth – study visit 23.1.16

I have always liked Alec Soth (rhymes with ‘both’) for his congenial vibe on social media and could sense that he was very much “a photographers’ photographer” but this is the first time I have really engaged with his work. … Continue reading

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Exercise: The Journey

This exercise, to produce a photo essay based around a journey, is related to Robert Frank’s epic road trip which resulted in his highly influential book The Americans. What is perhaps pertinent is that Frank being born in Switzerland allowed … Continue reading

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Analysing social documentary

Key questions to consider when reading social documentary images What is the subject of the photograph? What is the history and context of the image and its creator? Why was the photograph taken? How was the photograph taken? Was the … Continue reading

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Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, September 2015

This was my first time to Arles and to the Les Rencontres de la Photographie and what a magical experience it turned out to be. Thoroughly enjoyable and a brilliant way to learn more about photography. I am hoping it … Continue reading

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Social documentary research: the early years – Britain

Britain has a long-standing tradition of populist image-making since Hogarth. We see this in the work of David Octavius Hill (1802-70) and Robert Adamson (1821-48) documenting ordinary folk in fishing villages, within just a few years of the invention of … Continue reading

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