AP Photo – Due 10/1


Look at this contemporary photographer’s work.

Comment on the visual and conceptual strengths.  Consider why you think he feels the need to remove it from the “straight ” photograph and alter it as he does.  Why do you think he goes even a step further to apply it to canvas?

Also, find a contemporary photographer that you especially like.  Comment on the visual and conceptual strengths.  Then comment on the work at the link posted by the previous photo student. Make connections, suggestions, and remarks on the links between their work and the work that they chose.  Offer ideas about ways they might build upon their common aesthetic interests.


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  1. I found this fascinating. I’m still not clear on the process, however what he does adds so much more depth to the “personality” of a place. It accentuates it’s character and that is very moving to me. I think that is the effect he wishes to achieve and that is why he alters the photos in this way. As for putting the altered photos on canvas, canvas has a degree of tangibility and texture which photo paper and other surfaces which are traditionally printed on lack.

    I don’t really delve into the massive amount of artistic talent that is out in the world as much as I should. Because of this I was grazing on what the internet had to offer in terms of “contemporary photographers” and stumbled across this couple (?) http://www.edelmangallery.com/parke-main.htm
    All of the photographs shown in those galleries are altered in some way or another, but they all relate to growth and death in nature in a manner which it is not usually referred to. Humans are not often portrayed as the caretakers of the earth or those who grow things. We are usually the ones destroying the earth, however in their pictures there are humans acting out the cycles of nature. In terms of visual aspect, I enjoyed their use of black and whites and or artificially faded prints to accent the power of the message.

  2. I think this photographer is interested in layers: layers of old building construction under new, layers of cultural interpretations and AGE/AGING, layers of generational changes. I think he has used a digital photograph or perhaps scanned originals of 35mm photos which he has manipulated to gain the degree of high contrast, practically eliminating all the grays. I did look up his printer who also works in layers of ink through a high performance large format printer(Roland) which allows the same image to be passed through the printer many times for the effects created in these images. This printer makes his own inks just like a ‘normal’ printer with a hand printing press might. In lithography, you can pass the print thru the press many times just like the digital printer used for these images. I very creative use of available contemporary media still seemingly based on traditional printing methods for the layering which combines the photographers content/context with a printing process to match it. This has certainly provoked new thoughts for me personally in potential use of photos in combination with digital printers. It can be noted that this process offers printing on any substrate that will fit through the printer which can also be canvas. Canvas may be used because it offers a substrate that has been used over time historically in art, like in oil and recently, acrylic painting. It may also mean that the finished canvas need not be covered by a protective glass/plexiglass when framed that is needed by works on paper. It could add financial importance to the end product as well as better durability….do these photographs now approach the quality of a hand painted oil painting? AH, the implied commercial applications!
    I enjoyed the manipulations from the work of the previous post (http://www.edelmangallery.com/parke-main.htm) and offer this post as a contra-oppositional contemporary photographer who has some historical photos of Rome which are not nearly as interesting…but I could imagine them manipulated digitally in a similar fashion and might enjoy the results. These are more like travel shots so the manipulation would change the content a lot! http://andrewprokos.com/photos/cityscapes-skylines/rome-cityscapes/ (sorry, couldn’t figure out how to make it a direct link)

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