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Photo journal inspiration #7


Here is the story behind the iconic photo of Che Guevara by Alberto Korda

Behind Korda’s iconic photo

Here is a behind the scenes account of Burri’s experience in making photos of Che Guevarra

 Story behind Burri’s photo

The International Center for Photography has some interesting photos in shows commemorating Cuba, Che, and the Revolution.

ICP: Cuba in Revolution

Notice how some of the portraits of him are translated into other media for commercial purposes:

ICP: Che, revolution, and commerce



AP 2D design – food for thought #2


Know your why:

There are some embedded stereotypes in this video that need to be addressed in our discussion. Nevertheless, the musical illustration is one which can help to clarify your own artistic process.

As you begin work on your Concentration – your Sustained Investigation – bring your “why” into focus and the “what” will follow.

AP 2D Design – food for thought #1


In your Concentration – why are you doing what you are doing – list a number of reasons which may cover the various aspects and reasons:

What are the stages of creativity? What stage are you in? How will you get to the other stages?

Over this next week, while working on your art, listen to the ideas in this video and connect it to your own work>

AP Photo – Breadth ideas #1 – composition and design


Images which clearly use formal elements of design:–photo-8749

More about design in photography:

Many more strong compositions:

formal compositions in photographs

Other ideas about formal photographic composition:

Historic models for these ideas:

Tina Modotti:


Charles Sheeler:


Art 1 – Ellsworth Kelly – due 10/2


Look at the following article and site on Ellsworth Kelly, and the interview with him in the video.

In your page of SKETCHBOOK NOTES:
1. Comment on at least one piece of advice from Kelly that’s useful for you as an artist.

2. Comment on how Kelly’s seemingly simple works actually reflect his sensitivity to form, and how they are connected to emotion or expression.

For your sketchbook DRAWING HOMEWORK, do an hour of simplified contour drawings or watercolors of various individual objects (as we did in class with plants).  You may use a few pages for this, or work in smaller frames on the page (so you can think about composition as Kelly does).

Photography – Composition and photographic heroes


A.Read the article below, choose the 3 compositional techniques that interest you the most.

Photographic Composition Tips

B. Look at the importance in cropping and the difference it made in these pictures.

The Bigger Picture – the uncropped version

C. As you have time over this quarter, refer to this list of 100 photographers to know and get to know the ones you like.

100 photographers to know – with active links to images

Over the next couple of months, you will be giving a “nutshell report” on an assigned photographer from this list (write your notes to keep in your binder) at the start of each class.

Touch on the 5 w’s (Who – name, What – they photographed, When, Where, Why – their purpose and intention in photographing.)

Choose 1 particular work to share and explain what you like about it.

Why does it stand out to you?  What does it tell you?

What does it make you wonder or feel?