Additional reading notes Lecture 9

In Roland Barthes ‘Photographic message’ he talks of how the structure of the photograph is not singular, but in direct correlation with the structure of text, be it captions or accompanying words. Both structures are separate from each other and only once both structures are fully understood i.e. the text and the image can theContinue reading “Additional reading notes Lecture 9”

Essay Planning

The question I chose to answer was “It is difficult to know now with certainty whether Evans recorded the America of his youth, or invented it.” (John Szarkowski). Examine the work of two social documentary photographers, paying attention to the potential of documentary to invent as well as represent. I decided to look at photographers JacobContinue reading “Essay Planning”

Additional reading notes Lecture 7

John Berger Ways of seeing chapter 3. Berger talks of how the social presence of Women is different to that of Men. The presence of a Man is dictated by their exterior and the presence of the power. This promised power could be anything, but it this that gives a man his presence and dictatesContinue reading “Additional reading notes Lecture 7”

Additional reading notes-Lecture 6

These notes are from Photography: A Cultural History Pgs 277-287. Documentary photography in America really came into its own during the great depression of the 1930’s, with many photographers showing varied responses to both the social and political aspects of the time. This early documentary photographing paved a large legacy for the medium which continuesContinue reading “Additional reading notes-Lecture 6”

seminar 5 studium and punctum

Seminar 5: Studium and Punctum – Tuesday 4th April 2017 In Camera Lucida Roland Barthes identifies two elements of the photograph – the studium and the punctum.  These terms distinguish between what might be interesting about the photograph generally and what might be more significant for the individual viewer. In this session you will exploreContinue reading “seminar 5 studium and punctum”

Lecture 9- Roland Barthes- The Photographic Message

In Lecture 9 we look at two of Roland Barthes essays; The Photographic Message and The Rhetoric of the image. Barthes proposed a way of reading and understanding photographs using a theory known as Semiotics. It is a theory developed as a way of understanding language, by the likes of Charles Pierce, Ferdinand de SaussureContinue reading “Lecture 9- Roland Barthes- The Photographic Message”

Seminar 4: Denotation and Connotation.

  Part one: Denotation: what is depicted (message)   What is the denotation of the image (the literal/depicted content)? Give plenty of detail: A man has fallen on the floor and lost his bag, whilst a man holding a hammer stands over him. Many onlookers are watching the seen unfold, including a man pushing aContinue reading “Seminar 4: Denotation and Connotation.”

Lecture 6

In Lecture 6 we looked at early Social Documentary photography and the rise of street photography. Victorian documentary photography began almost with the invention of the daguerreotype. In the early days the whole aim of documentary photography was a philanthropic one, and it relied on the truthfulness and authenticity of both the camera and theContinue reading “Lecture 6”

Lecture 2 additional reading notes

Art has influenced photography over the years, but even today there is a debate going on as to whether photography is art. In the early days they were very separate, with art being paintings etc, and photography being more of a science. Photographic reproduction of art works was suggested early on by Fox Talbot, andContinue reading “Lecture 2 additional reading notes”