Thursday, August 30, 2018

Project 1 Archive and Memory

Part 1 (due 9/4)

Read Chapter 1 of the Ways of Seeing, by John Berger

Come to class Tuesday (9/4) with a half page to a full page narrative based off your earliest visual memory.  Try to find a photograph of yours from that time period that could serve as a visual illustration of that memory.  I do not care if that photograph was taken at a time related to that particular memory or if it is even your photograph, the point is to find something an image that triggers that memory for you.  

While you present one image, try to collect as many images as you can that trigger memories or speak to you.  

Part 2 (crit #1 due 9/13) (final 9/20)

Create a photographic series that suggests some kind of story, using the form of an archive. You can create all your own imagery and/or use found photographs (family photos, photos from antique stores, etc.), selecting the images to make new meaning, new stories. Create your own images to add to the archive. You can also use found or created documents, objects, etc.

What do I turn in?
8-15 photos posted on to an album on flickr

Pints to Consider

Think about the story you want to tell – who you are as author? What is your point of view? What are your motives for collecting this information and organizing it in this way? Are you trying to be objective as possible, or is it a superficial collection that disguises the ugly truth?

It is said that a photograph wears the aspect of fact but says nothing.  This ambiquity has not prevented photographs from being used as evidence, to construct visual stories such as the classic picture essay. Remember that an archive is a collection of information about anything, a family history, a place, the history of a species of tree, etc. Do not let truth get in the way of a good story.

Photographs can suggest stories, but they are not particularly good at telling complete ones.  Use that to your advantage.  

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