Monday, 9 December 2013

Artist for personal study

William Klein

This is a photograph taken in new york in 1955 by an american photojournalist and fashion photographer called William Klein (born April 19, 1928). William Klein has taken masses of street photography throughout his years of photography and has earned a reputation as an anti-photographer’s photographer because of the techniques he uses. He uses techniques such as often blurring photos or making them out of focus, over exposing negatives, high grain film and also wide angle photography which changed the photography world at the time. I chose this photo because I have looked at William Klein's work before but have never seen or analysed this particular photo. This photograph features a revolver pistol gun which features in some other photos of Klein's as well such as "Broadway and 103rd street" and "Gun" which show two different children playing with guns. In this photograph I really like the framing though because of how the taller adult is cut out of the photograph so that we cant see the emotion on the persons face and we don't know what relation this person is to the boy that they have pointed the gun at. I feel that this is a set up photo and that Klein has ask the family to pose like this because I researched up on Klein's most key image 'Broadway and 103rd street (Gun 1)' and found that that was set up by Klein. Klein stated this in a interview: "Its fake violence, a parody. I asked the boy to point the gun at me and look tough. He did, and then we both laughed..."

Henri Cartier- Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer and early user of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. I chose Cartier-Bressons work out of the four documentary photographers because I feel that I his style of work is the route I want to go down. Cartier - Bresson has taken many documentary photographs around the world in places such as: China, India, New york, Paris, and many more. He is known as one of the godfathers of street photography. Bresson is also known for his film making and acting which he started in 1936 with a french film director called Jean Renoir.  

This photo above was taken by Bresson, in Marseille, France in 1932. After fully looking through Bressons profile on magnum photos I found that I liked this photograph the most out of all of them. When first looking at this photo I already saw that there is loads of information and questions that could be raised about it. I couldn't find much information about this photo but researched a bit about black slavery in 1932 because I felt that the man on the floor could be black skinned and the man in the suit could be a white male because his skin looks slightly lighter in tone and he is in a suit, meaning that he could be the buyer and owner of the black man lying on the floor. I then saw in the description of this photo which showed some key words that stated the words 'black people' and 'white people' however next to black it does say '(all)' which could mean they are both black. I really like this photograph though because of how it does have so little information because it makes you look more into detail and find out more about the era it was taken in. I love in the photograph how Bresson has thought about composition and has angled the image nearer the man on the floor, this gives more attention to the man because he is a bigger subject in the frame. I also really like how Bresson has timed the image perfectly so that you can see the emotions on the two people. I feel that if you couldn't see the smug smile on the man sitting up and he was looking away instead, this would of ruined the photo.  

Chris Killip:

Miskha Henner: 
View Expressed: Prostitution 

Ed Thompson: 
Social Event: Protest
Ed Thompson is a London Documentary Photographer. I really like these photographs because of how Thompson has shown the destruction and outbreak that happened over this protest and the vast amount of police that had been called in to stop this. On the 15th of October 2011 a number of people from diverse backgrounds came together to dispute the culture of greed that exists in the current financial system. The protestors planned to Occupy the London Stock Exchange (L.S.X), however, they fell short of that goal and ended up occupying the space outside it, on the edge of land between the L.S.X and St Pauls Cathedral.

Amy Weston
Social Event: London Riots
London riots documentary photography. This photo was taken by a photographer called Amy Weston that captured this photograph of a woman having to jump out of her building during the 2011 London Riots. I really love this photograph because of how Weston has timed this photograph perfectly because it shows the risks people had to take to get away from this disruption and how people were forced out of there shops and houses.

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