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October 2016

Assignment One – The non-familiar

Eirini Grigoriadu mentions the concept of distance in her essay about typologies published in the magazine “Ars Longa” in 2012, stating that the portraits of the German photographer Thomas Ruff offer a proximity to the individual where we can see each detail of another human being, although we are protected against a personal encounter. Continue reading “Assignment One – The non-familiar”

Family Portraiture Archive

When we talk about the family photo archive we could think that is a sophisticated system of storage and classification of photographs that allow us to access and locate quickly and efficiently any photograph, collection, or album, but based on my experience that “archive” is “organized in packets or drawers, some may be in albums, others scattered around in a disorderly way” (Patricia Holland) that do not seem to obey any specific chronology, leaving to the judgment of the compiler the criteria (if any) for the inclusion and the order of appearance. Continue reading “Family Portraiture Archive”

Typologies: Artisans

Eirini Grigoriadu reflects about the concept of distance in her essay about typologies published in the magazine “Ars Longa” in 2012 stating that the portraits of the German photographer Thomas Ruff offer a proximity to the individual where we can see each detail of another human being, although we are protect against a personal encounter. Continue reading “Typologies: Artisans”

Typologies in Photography

Marc Freidus defines a typology as a collection of members of the same class or type in his essay included in the book “Typologies – Nine Contemporary Photographers”, catalog of the exhibition held at several museum between 1992 and 1992, that featured works of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lynne Cohe, Judy Fiskin, Candida Hofer, Roger Mertin, Thomas Ruff, Edward Ruscha and Thomas Struth. Continue reading “Typologies in Photography”

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