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As part of my photography course, I have to track my development on a blog. The posts from September 2011 until January 2012 are part of a module called Project Management, for which I was required to work in a group of eight students to create an exhibition. The blog followed every step we took in order to create a successful gallery. The blog posts starting from September 2012 follow my final year on the course. I'll be documenting my research and analysis of my final year projects, as well as include notes of my Professional Practice unit - which prepares us for a range of post graduate options. Finally it also looks at a project called New Creatives, where I'll be working alongside an artists to help college students get more involved with art.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Advanced Practice Research Lecture

In this lecture we looked into different types or artists books. We started looking at book design. Daniel showed us three quotes about book design, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to write them down. The first one was by Sontag in 1977, he said something along the lines of that a book is a medium which suits the photograph very well. Charlotte Cotton, in 2004, said something along the lines of that we expect to see books when you go to a gallery these days.

When you buy a photographers book you almost get the idea of owning the photographs

Book containing a single body of work:
·         The Americans – Robert Frank
o   Each spread has a single photo
o   All photos are to the right of the page
o   This way you view the images as a singular image not as a sequence
o   Simple grid and layout
o   Portrait style photos are centred
o   Landscape style photos are centred and slightly raised
o   Folio numbers are opposite of images
§  On the ‘though’ line of the page (grid)
o   Accompanying text is at the back
·         Public Relations – Gary
o   Double page images
o   Captions under pictures
§  No referencing at the back
o   Simple layout – grid
o   Interaction between text and photo on back page
o   No need for folio numbers
·         Typology – Becker
o   Simple layout
o   Text on the left page and photo on the right page
o   Folio number in line with the grid
·         Signs – Peter Graseman
o   ‘Grubby’ front
o   Detailed inside
o   Introduction has a different format and different paper to the photo pages
o   Images are on a square format
o   Photos are all on the right
o   Fold-out pages – three square images
o   Back has thumbnails as well as folio numbers
·         A play of Selves – Cindy Sherman
o   Different colour and texture of the paper
o   The paper is a warmer tone whereas the photos on the paper are a very cold tone of black and white
o   Photos of herself – made into a play
We also looked at Jim Goldberg Raised by Wolves, The Silence by Gilles Peress, Nudes by Thomas Ruff, Nudi, Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth. Unfortunately we went quite quick through the lecture so my notes failed me.
Books containing different bodies of work:
o   Jeurgen Teller 1996
o   Experiments with lots of books and different styles of book making
o   Photo of the photographer on the front inside cover
o   Photo of a model on the inside cover in the back of the book
o   Different range of work mixed together
o   Use of double pages for juxtaposition
o   Snapshot style photos alongside fashion campaigns
o   Richard Avedon Portraits
o   Book to accompany exhibitions
o   Comes in a box cover
o   Shot on 10x8 format and the book is the same size
o   Unfold pages to show a whole range of portraits
§  Exhibition in a book
o   Half of the book has got portraits, the other half has exhibition essays and pictures alongside write ups of work
o   Damien Hurst
o   A graphic designer created the book for him
o   Very interactive book
o   Very child-like book with pull flaps etc
o   Dark work within the book
o   ‘laughing in the face of death’
We also looked at Terry World, Helmut Newton, Start Twins, Aftermath by Sophie Ristelhuber, Auto Portraits by Martin Parr, See What I’m Looking At, Au Gallop, Uncovered by Thomas Allen, Baghdad Calling by Geert van Kesteren and Japan by Sophie Calle. Unfortunately we went quite quick through the lecture so my notes failed me. 

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