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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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Same background, different model

For this exercise, I decided to take advantage of an assignment that I had to make to create a photo catalogue for a Sunday school. I admit that the subject matter is neither exciting nor very interesting, but it is an opportunity to explore the different postures that subjects adopt before the camera. Continue reading “Same background, different model”

Irving Penn

When I first heard about this photographer and his connection to the world of fashion, I certainly did not show much interest, since my tastes at that time were very distant of what is usually known as fashion photography. However, today I have discovered an author who has transcended the field of fashion photography with an artistic proposal that I would dare to classify as revolutionary. Continue reading “Irving Penn”

Same model, different background

I began to take the pictures for this exercise just before of the discovering of the work of Julian Germain, and I’m amazed to found certain similarities, putting aside the differences of methodology and quality of the result of course, with Germain’s work. Continue reading “Same model, different background”

Daniel Meadows

Daniel Meadows declares himself as a documentarist, and his works developed in the 70s and 80s are a good prove of it. Experiences such as the Graeme Street photo shop mark the beginning of a path in which the artist seeks to integrate himself in the subject’s environment and from there to photograph the subjects. Continue reading “Daniel Meadows”

Julien Germain

In more than two years that I have been studying photography in the OCA I found some really fascinating photographers, some of them have surprised me because of the use of a new and strong visual language, some others for the simplicity of their proposasl, and others precisely for the opposite, to exhibit in their pictures a infinity of details and creating exuberant compositions in content and meanings. Continue reading “Julien Germain”

Harry Callahan

This American photographer has an interesting career, since his beginnings were practically those of an amateur practitioner who joined in the late thirties and with 26 years of age in a photography club in his workplace (Chrysler Corporation), and developed the whole of his body of work through constant experimentation. Continue reading “Harry Callahan”

The unaware: Waiting

For this exercise, we are asked to present five photographs where the subjects do not realize that they are being photographed. The exercise explicitely includes a safety warning, since certainly not everyone can be kindly when being photographed surreptitiously. Continue reading “The unaware: Waiting”

Walker Evans: The Myth of the Cave

When I have to reflecting about some of the great photographers of the history, I feel a sort a mix of vertigo and Socratic ignorance. Firstly, the work of these photographers is so huge that considering the entire set requires a historicist approach, and taking into account the influences that the photographer received in his/her artistic development. Continue reading “Walker Evans: The Myth of the Cave”

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