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May 2017

Behind the image

This book was fundamental for the development of this course, since it exposes in a clear and concise way how to plan and develop the work behind a photographic project. It is not a simple theory book, it is profusely illustrated with practical and detailed examples of how each stage of the project should be addressed. Continue reading “Behind the image”

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Family Frames

This text reflects about the photography in the family context, using different approach related to the field of sociology, anthropology, psychology and psychoanalysis. Some chapters are very difficult to read, because they required a deep knowledge of these specific areas mentioned before.

The first chapter “Mourning and Postmemory” is fundamental to introduce the concept of post memory, perfectly illustrate by the comic book “Maus” by Spielgman. The author analyses the presence of photography within the narration of the events that take place during the Second World War to his own family. I found very interesting the idea of photography as an umbilical cord with those lieux of the memory, that otherwise would unavoidable fell into the oblivion.

Interesting the second chapter “Reframing the human family romance” which introduces the concept of the hierarchized view within the familial gaze: “The conventions of family photography, with its mutuality of confirming looks that construct a set of familial roles and hierarchies, reinforce the power of the notion of family”. Under this prism, the author explores the well-known exhibition “The Family of Main”, “conceived as a mirror of the universal elements and emotions in the everydayness of life –as a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world”.

The intensity of the book grows in the third chapter “Masking the subject”, where the concept of affiliation appears to refer the way on which we perceive family photographs. I have to admit that from here the book is difficult to read, following the theoretical reasoning of the author requires a deep of understanding of a matter out of knowledge. Although the path of reading is harder, it’s worth to read to get some useful ideas.

Jim Goldberg (notes)

American photographer recognized for his books and long-term photographic projects, where he uses different types of formats: photo-collage, written texts, video, audio, and above all the active participation of the subjects to mean the photos in which they participate. He has been a Magnum photographer since 2002. Continue reading “Jim Goldberg (notes)”

Kaylynn Deveney (notes)

Based on the storyboard of Doña Josefa that I drew a few weeks ago, I conceived the idea of a photographic project that takes as starting point this story and builds a set of images that more or less literally fits the story. Continue reading “Kaylynn Deveney (notes)”

Exercise 4.4

I have been collecting photographs from several online magazines during these last two weeks, looking for controversial issues, mostly concerning the Syrian War, the Venezuelan uprising, French elections, North Korean-USA confrontation and Spanish political corruption. Continue reading “Exercise 4.4”

Lensculture Review

This week I’ve received the Lensculture review for the series of pictures that I sent for the Portrait Awards 2017. The mood of the feedback is positive although it insists on the two or three weakness of the series, which it’s great to help me to know how a trained viewer perceive my work. Continue reading “Lensculture Review”

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