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Lewis Baltz

Notes from the exhibition of the American photographer Lewis Baltz held in the Fundación Mapfre (Madrid) from 9thFebruary to 6th June, 2017, curated by Urs Stahel. This is the first exhibition in Spain of his work, as well as the first international retrospective that takes place after his death in 2014.  Continue reading “Lewis Baltz”

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Alberte A.Pereira: Fragmentos

A couple of weeks ago I attended to Alberte A.Pereira’s exhibition “Fragmentos” held by DinamoCoworking, where I came across with this Spanish street photographer, who skilfully manages the concept of presence/ausence on his body of work. Continue reading “Alberte A.Pereira: Fragmentos”

Post-Photography – The Artist with a Camera

A complete vision of the contemporary practice of photography, the book offers a view organized in five themes that not necessary have a correspondence with the traditional photographic genres, but shows a good representation of the way photography is used nowadays for several artist. Continue reading “Post-Photography – The Artist with a Camera”

Assignment 4: Image and Text

Throughout history, man has questioned the reason for his existence, seeking an explanation for countless unanswered questions and trying to decipher puzzling paradoxes that were beyond the reach of his understanding. The desire for knowledge, to explore the unknown and have all the answers under control, is in the DNA of the human being, forming an intrinsic part of his identity, which lead him to seek these answers in art, religion, philosophy and science. Continue reading “Assignment 4: Image and Text”

Photography: The Key Concepts

Basic text for an in-depth analysis of the different aspects of photographic practice. The approach is not as pragmatic as in Liz Wells’s text, here the texts are a bit more abstract than in the Well’s book, but it is a great help to establish the key elements of any photographic genre. Continue reading “Photography: The Key Concepts”

Photography: A Critical Introduction

This book covers a wide range of topics related with Photography from different perspectives: cultural, political, anthropological… The book is a compendium of six essays written by different authors (Liz Wells, Derrick Price, Patricia Holland, Michelle Henning and Anandi Ramamurthy and focusing each one in a specific questions, such documentary photography, vernacular photography, the human body, advertising and commodity photography or photography as art. Continue reading “Photography: A Critical Introduction”

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”

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)”

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