I came across this exhibition after looking for the Stephen Shore show that David mentioned in my tutorial today and felt that it worked really well with my ideas. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The snapshot – a spontaneous capturing of a banal moment, minimally directed and with little regard for artistic or journalistic convention, full of red-eyes, severed heads, leaky shutters and drugstore hyper-saturation – forms a fundamental part of the photographic production throughout the 20th Century and today proliferates globally on social media. The exhibition tells the history of the snapshot aesthetic as a story of the provocative intimacy of a diary, the poetry of everyday life and the fast and catchy undercurrent of the street, periodically revitalizing rigid artistic and commercial practice with the primitive force of an unpremeditated gesture. Absurdity of the trivial, sex, parties, adolescent injuries, naivety, night swimming, intense feelings of now, houseplants, life in the media and through the media: the snapshot is the rock 'n’ roll of photography.
The exhibition features more than 200 works by, among others, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tim Barber, Richard Billingham, Mike Brodie, William Christenberry, Larry Clark, Barbara Crane, Bill Dane, Corinne Day, William Eggleston, JH Engström, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Luigi Ghirri, Nan Goldin, Jacob Holdt, Jerry Hsu, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Ari Marcopoulos, Ryan McGinley, Joel Meyerowitz, Slava Mogutin, Daido Moriyama, Mark Morrisroe, Ed Panar, Tod Papageorge, Walter Pfeiffer, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Dash Snow, Joel Sternfeld, Gus Van Sant, Jürgen Teller, Andy Warhol, Henry Wessel or Garry Winogrand.
The exhibition is curated by Michal Nanoru, who is also the author of a fully illustrated catalogue published by Galerie Rudolfinum.
Today's tutorial was with a group of my peers and David Campany. I discussed my idea of how I want to produce a piece of work using a number of disposable cameras in some sort of way as an expansion to my previous piece of work (blog can be seen here). I want to take the power out of my hands and give it to my subjects as I find this relationship really interesting. I want the piece to be conceptually driven but I'm not sure exactly what I want to get my subjects to photograph yet. The different ideas are discussed in my previous post 'proposal'.
The discussion was made as to how my directions should be very specific and I agreed as I wanted to make sure that I could get the best out of the photographs making as many as possible usable, the mistake I made last time was giving the subjects free reign over whether the image was portrait or landscape and the trouble was that with a project like this all of the imagery works best in a more uniform manner, and so because of this I decided to not use the portrait images. We discussed also that it would probably work best if a lot of direction is given as to what they photograph and how they photograph it because this will work best in a uniform manner along with working most effectively as images as it will be interesting to see how different people interpret the directions. I was also recommended to look at the recent Stephen Shore show in London.
From the discussion and thinking about my work, there are a number of ways I could go with it. I could give one person a whole camera to use, giving them directions on each image and using it to reflect the personality of that person or I could give each person one image to take the picture with and would therefore end up with a large amount of that one image.
I know that I want it to be based around being made for a gallery setting as I think this would work best, but it could essentially be adapted for a book setting as well as I think this sort of series of images could also work well within a book.
I think the current decision just has to be about the subject matter and then I can begin the project by writing up the guidelines and giving out the cameras.
This is only intended to give us an
idea of your areas of interest etc so that you can be put into more coherent
tutor groups. Fill in as much as you can – don’t worry about being vague at
this stage. Remember - this is not to be seen as a contract that you need to
stick to but rather a starting point. If you have more than one idea then
include both/all of them.
You must bring this to the first group
will your subject matter be? what are
your areas of interest?)
not really sure of the exact subject matter yet but I have a large amount of
disposable cameras that I would like to use. I am interested in taking the images
out of my hands and giving them to others like I have done before and in my
previous project I worked with ‘selfies’ or self portraits. Through having a
large amount of cameras allows for a large amount of potential images which I
think a project like this works a lot better if there are a larger amount of
have a few ideas of what I could potentially do but I’m just currently not sure
where to go with it as there are so many things that I could do.
Giving the cameras out to different people and asking them to take a number of
different images all showing no human presence, this would link back to my
previous work but also my most recent, almost by linking the two together
although I think the thing that works well with the disposable camera images
with the snapshot images is the human presence as it gives it more character.
could potentially give the camera out to people and ask them to either take the
picture themselves or get someone to take a picture with one showing themselves
as they truly are and one showing themselves in a way which doesn’t portray
their personality at all. Through having these on the disposable camera it not
only gives more of a snapshot aesthetic which works with the ideas of not
knowing which is the truth and which isn’t as disposable cameras images give
off the ideas essentially of being taken for a personal reason, or occasion
instead of being for the photographic project as that is generally what it is
used for. I’m really interested in the idea of the unknown for this.
am also thinking about using the cameras for a documentary purpose by giving
the cameras out to people and asking them to use the camera to document
something that they are doing. This could be their day at work, something they’re
going off to do, essentially it could be anything. Just one day, of their
choosing. The images could be interesting and again it’s the idea of the
unknown and giving the choices to these people.
am also thinking of potentially asking them to document something specific. I’m
not sure what yet. I am thinking about the idea of asking them to photograph
one specific object so that the final piece would be this sheer amount of this
one object. I would want it to be something that could potentially relate to
overwhelming feelings, because with the final piece that will be the feeling
given off, because there will be so many images. With this idea, a few
guidelines would work best as I think a sense of unison within all of the
images would work best. For this at the moment, I am thinking about the idea of
beauty products, it works well with a project that I have been recently working
on and looking at what it takes to make a woman beautiful as today there are so
many products used. I could send out cameras to different women asking them to
photograph the products they use. I am interested in a lot of ideas that
surround this but I am unsure whether this is the way to go for this project.
could give people the cameras and give them a word and ask them to take
pictures relating to that word.
want this project to be more than literally being just photographs of
something. I want there to be meaning behind it because for me, I think that is
what makes a photographic project strong.
a gallery or book, it could potentially work for both but honestly it depends
which idea I go with. Gallery is probably most likely.
Influences / References
photographers/artists/filmmakers/writers etc are you interested in?)
influences depend on the ideas but here are a list of those that have
influenced me to come across the ideas I have discussed
and Chanarin ‘Ghetto’ – handing the control of the imagery to the subject
Tohoku – Documentation of an earthquake where disposable cameras were given to
victims and they photographed anything of their choosing.
Magazine – a music magazine that documents what it is like to live in the life
of your favourite musician. Cameras are given to them by the magazine.
– The give disposable cameras out to people around the world of their choosing
including musicians and photograpers etc. They are asked to document one day in
27 exposures taking one photo per hour including a self portrait.
disposable memory project – a global photography experiment where disposable
cameras are left in places around the world with a message inviting the finder
to pick up the camera, take some pictures and pass the camera on, the camera is
then returned home and shared on a website.