Sunday, November 11, 2018

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 7 Revived and Remade (due 11/15)


In the comment section below write a 150 word minimum response to Chapter 7 "Revived and Remade" Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.

Myjah and Magnolia will be leading the classroom discussion on Thursday 11/15

13 comments:

  1. The essay that spoke to me the most during this chapter of Revived and Remade was definitely "The hispanic project" I loved that the artist took into consideration how to insert her body language, her eye contact, her clothing and even the way she was standing in order to get a certain mood from the viewer. There is a very nostalgic sense that comes about this photo that reminds me of where I grew up in California. I love the lighting of the photo and the type of clothes that the subjects wore.
    The essay that enabled me to think about photography in a new way was the german artist, Joachim Schmid. He had a very simple idea that I have thought about before but never really followed through with or ever had the desire to follow through with. He was able to to involve not only himself but the viewer back into the meaning of the photo. He brings up a genius point in that if a photo is tossed into the trash the meaning of it is gone, but by salvaging the photo and making it of importance again, the viewer and artist is allowed to re connect.

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  2. I Chapter 7 Revived and Remade I visually liked two photographs. The first photograph that I like is John Divola’s Heir Chasesr. I love the black and white and the solitude that it portrays. It is cool to me that he does not have a person as his subject but the atmosphere paints the picture. The second photograph that I liked in this chapter was The Fae Richards Photo Archive by Zoe Leonard and Cheryl Dunye. I love the look of the photos and that they used them to make up a fake story. I love old pictures and frequently go through and steel some from my mother. I absolutely hated that I had to look at a photo of people having sex by Thomas Ruff. Again, I have no idea why artists feel the need to take pictures of naked people or use images of naked people. It is just not something that interests me and I believe you can get your point across with out it.

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  3. This chapter talks about the postmodernist idea that photographs can be appreciated through symbols and coding as opposed to the modernist emphasis on authorship and technical ability. And I also like how the chapter included artist who re-photographed or reused well known photographs and imitated well known styles of photography. I really found Cindy Sherman work very interesting. I like Sherman’s image Untitled #48 (1979) that is from her series called Untitled Film Stills (1979), which show the artist portraying different of types feminine from movies from the 1950s and 1960s. All the images in the series are in black and white and the series also shows how femininity is a popularly constructed notion and how women were supposed to act in the 1950s. I also liked Vik Muniz’s Action Photo 1, (1997). Muniz reused a photograph of Jackson Pollock taken by Hans Namuth and recreated the image by using sticky, drippy chocolate syrup.

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  4. Chapter 7: Revived and Remade is about photography being signs with significance from the larger system of social and cultural ways. The meaning of a photograph would come from reference to other images or signs. I was confused by the photographer Susan Derges, she is taking pictures to record the movement of river and seawater, I don’t see the point of it and the colors blend together so I can’t see a difference. Adam Fuss’s way of taking his pictures seems interesting, using the daguerreotype. I like the photographer Joachim Schmid and how he just took a bunch of discard photographs, postcards, and newspaper images. He gives them meaning. I also like the photographer Katy Grannan with her series Sugar Camp Road, I like that her subjects were strangers who decided what they wanted to wear and how they wanted to pose. It gives the models so much of a voice on how they wanted to be portrayed.

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  5. Leticia Hernandez.
    Throughout this chapter it shows how photographers have taken inspiration from the past whether it be composition wise or stylistically, and photographers who have recreated photos. My favorite photograph from this chapter is Tracey Moffatt's "Laudanum". She was influenced by the Victorian era attire and by 20th century dramatic shadows. The photo itself is not why its my favorite, but the meaning of the photo is. She explores slavery being tied to colonialism, class, sexuality and addiction. She wants to show that everything that is explored through reading and writing can be depicted through art and photography.

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  6. Haley
    In this chapter it talks about more postmodern ideas in which photos are not just understood through signification and cultural coding but with signs that can symbolise significance in the photographs. It is interesting how they look more into the symbols of what is being taken instead of a straightforward image of what could be going on. There is a story behind the image. I personally enjoyed Tracey Moffat’s work, laudanum series. This is a series that creates a fantastical narrative with Moffat’s photography which is presented as in the past. She is influenced by Victorian era and uses it to create a melodrama within her work. She also dramatically use shadows to create a more film effect that brings out the narrative. I enjoy how she uses her photography to focus on topics like slavery, colonialism, class, sexism and more. Another image that caught my attention was the gentleman underneath the Eiffel Tower done by the atlas group/Walid Ra’ad since it makes me think of something very modern and basic. It takes something that is to us basic and over done but at this time it’s something new and different. I did enjoy this chapter and the use of the subjects in the pictures.

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  7. The idea of these images hinging our memory with past experiences, and invite us to determine what we see, how we see it, and what these images mean to us is kind of interesting, although, I do feel that most images may do this regardless of the image, key word is most. The Hispanic Project (2) from Nikki S. Lee triggers a memory for me of a family vacation from when I was too little to hardly remember anything, but I can remember looking over the images my family took and telling me about that day. I think the main thing this image connects with me is how it was taken. The style of the image looks a lot like the images we have in the family photo box from the vacation, which was just taken with a disposable Kodak. While I do have to agree with Julia about getting a point across without nudity, the image by Jemima Stehli, After Helmut Newton's 'Here They Come' interest me mainly do to the fact that it appears to be the same image, just with a small twist. Almost like a before and after effect, which I found interesting. As for the image itself, I do believe that the black and white does add to the image.

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  8. Chapter 7 was a very interesting chapter that I thoroughly ennjoyed very much. A photo that caught my eye was Adam Fuss on page 207. This photo is very different from all the other photos that were shown in this chapter. It shows a man but the coloring on that photo is very bright and vivid making it to where the man looks similar to a ghost. The blue fading backgound gives off that cool feeling and kind of scary feeling. I get the goosegumps looking at this photo. Adam kind of made it look like an X-Ray picture or a thermal photo. I also ennjoyed Aleksandra Mir's Photo on page 203. She took a wicked photo of some beach that is being torn up by workers. There are huge craters in the sand making it almost appear as the moon or another planet from space.This was a very cool picture and she did a great job editing it giving it a very good lighting and tone.

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  9. Chapter seven was an odd one but it was sorta interesting the way that some of the artists made photography. Vera Lutters work named “Frankfurt Airport” spoke the most to me. Her photo gives off the spooky feeling. It reminded me a video game I played as a kid and I was so interested when the screen turned to this negative screen which was night vision. So I am a big fan of black and white. I remember as a kid watching Tv and thinking that people actually used to be black and white and all the sudden we just changed. That leads me into the next artist I found appealing which is Tracey Moffat. In her work titled “laudanum” it show a women standing on the stairs while a woman is cleaning her floor. This picture was not only terrifying but also satisfying to the eye. I am a big fan of scary movies and if anybody says they are that’s a lie. With these pictures to me you can create whatever you want to think about. This could be an intro to a scary movie or the ending to Beverly hills Hillbilly’s. I am big into imagination and photos that let you use that are photos I really enjoy. John Divolas work on page 208 titles “ Chairs” is really awesome. In the photo the only thing that I pa attention to is his chair. How he makes the audience do that is something truly remarkable.

    Kadin Morrow

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  10. The images that immediately caught my eye in chapter 7 were the landscape pictures on pages 202 and 203. The image by Joan Fontcuberta is interesting because it has fossils and body prints in the sand and rock. This obviously tells a story because there was once life there. I also like the image by Aleksandra Mir called First Woman on the Moon because the sand is formed to look like moon craters. This image is an aerial view of a beach, but it could be seen as the moon also. The artist was celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the lunar landing.

    I am also interested in the process behind Adam Fuss’s work in the series My Ghost. He uses a daguerreotype which cannot be duplicated directly. This reminds me of the cyanotype work we did in class, which really interests me. I wish we would have done more “old-fashioned” forms of photography.

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