17 September 2010

For future reference...

While completing my research on contemporary photographers, I came across a few really good websites that are related to contemporary photography.  

Most of them are museums or magazine websites that showcase popular and up-and-coming photographers.  I also found a few awards and prizes given for contemporary photography.
Centre for Contemporary Photography - http://www.ccp.org.au/
Museum of Contemporary Photography - http://www.mocp.org/
Galerie Zur Stockeregg - http://www.stockeregg.com/artists

Portfolio Catalogue - http://www.portfoliocatalogue.com/

Lens Culture: Contemporary Photography Magazine - http://www.lensculture.com/
100Eyes Photo Magazine - http://www.100eyes.org/
Black and White Magazine - http://www.bandwmag.com/
C International Photo Magazine - http://www.ivorypress.com/cPhoto/cPhoto_2.html
1000 words Photography: Contemporary Photography Magazine Online - http://www.1000wordsmag.com/
Lunatic: Creative Contemporary Photojournalism Magazine - http://www.lunaticmag.com/
Ahorn Magazine - http://www.ahornmagazine.com/home.html

Moran Prizes - http://www.moranprizes.com.au/default.aspx?id=32
New York Photo Festival - http://www.nyphotofestival.com/?page_id=6824 

There you go! :)

Contemporary Photographer: Evzen Sobek

Evzen Sobek is a Czech photographer and photography teacher.  He studied at the University of Technology in Brno and at the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava.  Sobek's works mostly as a freelance documentary photographer.  He has had numerous individual exhibitions and his work has won awards and has been printed in various publications.  Sobek also lectures at least once a year at a variety of universities and institutes worldwide.

Personally, I think Sobek's work as a documentary photographer is very good.  His photographs are very humanistic, contemporary and relevant to modern society.  Initially, his photographs, for example, within his Life in Blue series, give the impression that they are just 'holiday snapshots' but somehow Sobek has been able move away from this idea and has instead created an interesting and modern series of work.  Furthermore, Sobek's work looks like it was really easy to create, like not a lot of effort went in to it, and I don't know whether this is a good or bad thing.  However, overall, I do like his work, but, personally, I wouldn't call is amazing...

All images from Sobek's Life in Blue series
Artist's website: http://www.evzensobek.com/

Contemporary Photographer: Peter Granser

Peter Granser is a self-taught Austrian photographer who began his first project in 1996 at the age of 25.  Since then, Granser has had 5 personal exhibitions and published 3 books.  He is currently a member of the German Photographic Academy (DFA) and a member of the European artist group Poc Project.

Granser's work is very humourous, colourful and contemporary.  Many of his images remind me of old 1970s photographs, but yet, they are also really modern in their set-up and overall effect.  Seen through his Sun City series, Granser obviously likes to find humour in his subject matter.  His work is very contemporary as it is relevant to society today.  Overall, I find Granser's work interesting and inspiring in terms of thinking outside the box in relation to ideas such as subject matter.

All images from Granser's Sun City series
Artist's website: http://www.granser.de/ (Sept 2010: under construction)

16 September 2010

Contemporary Photographer: Vicki Topaz

Vicki Topaz is a contemporary photographer from San Francisco in America.  A lot of her photographic work focuses on geography, history, architecture and personal perception.  She likes to tell stories through her photography and has completed three photographic series; Pastorale, Interiors and Silent Nests.  She is also the co-founder and board member of the non-profit organisation, Photo Alliance.
(Information from artist's website)

I really enjoy Topaz's work! It is, like Camos', simplistic but still interesting.  There are strong aspects of composition, balance and contrast within her work.  Strongly demonstrated throughout her Silent Nests series, Topaz's 'holga-like' effect on her images work really well in relation to the subject matter of the photographs.  Her work is inspiration as it is easy to adopt her style and some of her techniques and apply them to your own work, I guess, that is one of the reasons why I like her work.  I, again, really enjoyed looking at Topaz's work and I hope you do too!

All images from Topaz's Silent Nests series

Contemporary Photographers: Montalbetti + Campbell

Montalbetti + Campbell is the amazing collaboration of Australian photographers, Denis Montalbetti and Gay Campbell.  Winning numerous awards and having gained worldwide recognition, the duo have created a name for themselves using their distinctive, unique and often strange photographic techniques.  They use a large amount of digital alteration in the post-production process.  Montalbetti + Campbell also complete images in a range of genres including commercial, editorial and fine art.
(Extract from artists' website)

Montalbetti + Campbell's work is very modern, distinctive and unique.  Their style is very original and it would be hard for anyone to duplicate their work.  In terms of composition, their photographs are very basic, with a great deal of their work having a simple, central composition.  Yet, despite this simplicity, they use a variety of concept, creativity and colour.  Through their originality and concepts, I can see how they have achieved the amount of global recognition that they have.  However, personally, Montalbetti + Campbell's work is not my 'cup of tea', as such.  Yet, as a digital photographer, I still value and admire the work they have produced.  Plus, their post-production is just unbelievably amazing!

Contemporary Photographer: Xavier Comas


Xavier Comas studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Barcelona University, graduating in 1995. ... Xavier developed his career as a designer, illustrator and photographer...  Comas embarked on an adventurous solo journey to the Asia-Pacific in 2002 which was the catalyst of his passion for travel and cultural immersion.  His interest lies in visual storytelling using an intimate, spontaneous photographic approach that ranges from photo-journalistic to candid.  He currently lives in Bangkok. 
(Edited extract from artist's website)

Recent Projects: 
Pasajero - "...means passenger in Spanish..., but also fleeting, ephemeral. ...a photographic exploration of this transit space where chance encounters, silence and emptiness are full of meaning."
Ashi - "While woman's body language is generally restrained, displaying delicate and gentle manners, their legs and feet are otherwise extremely eloquent. ... They are a beautiful expression of female playfulness."
Jiutamai - "...is an ancient form of classical Japanese dance with obscure origins.  Performed in a soft, feminine way, it has a unique characteristic style of expressing internal emotion through a series of delicate, symbolic motions." 
Off Limits - "...a series of photographs taken during an arduous and illegal journey through remote areas of the golden triangle of Myanmar."
Tokyo Up, Down - "...comprises a series of black & white photograhic triptychs of images taken, inside and outside of elevators in Tokyo."

I really like Comas' work!  Most of it is really simple yet still interesting, in terms of composotion, but the subject matter is modern and more complex yet still relevant to today's society.  His projects are ideas that are straightforward and, I guess you could say, obvious.  Most of his subject matter, such as his Ashi project, are things that people would see everyday but he has taken so much further and developed them into what you see now.  A Spanish native living in Japan, you could say that he is a tourist but his work goes further than a typical tourist's perspective, providing an objective outsider's view into Japan's modern culture.  I really enjoyed looking at Xavier Comas' work and I hope you do too!

All images from Comas' Tokyo Up, Down series
Artist's website: www.xavicomas.com 

15 September 2010

What is Comtemporary Photography?

So, this blog is meant to be a documentation of my work this session in photography. The unit is about contemporary photography, so firstly, I wanted to define what contemporary photography is...
If something is 'contemporary' then it is:
   - characteristic of the present;
   - belonging to the present time;

So, I guess, I will be looking at photographers whose work is current to what is happening in the world now and is being completed at this present time. 

Question answered.

p.s. Sorry, about the corny title... It's all I could think of on short notice!

Research Workbook Guidelines

 Class Notes
Most simply this workbook is a record of class notes and handouts.  Completeness of notes and presentation is important.  Your own research, further study and exploration upon basic class notes is encouraged.

Class Activity and Assignment Record and evaluations
Keep examples of each class activitiy and assignment with a written explanition of what was done.  Technical detail are to be included.  
Evaluate the activity/assignment.  What did you learn?  How did it go for you?  Would you do things differently?  What did you think of the assignment?  

Creative Ideas Development
Use idea maps, thumbnail drawing and photo shooting plans to explore and develop ideas to artistically solve photographic assignments.
Collect photographs that interest you or relate to current set work and write a brief description, why you selected it and technical details. 

Research the concepts and techniques introduced in class, as well as the concpets and ideas for your practical tasks.  Research is the most important aspect of you workbook - make sure you do this in as much depth as you can.

Analysis of works
Look at practicing photographers whose portfolios inspire you.  Include examples of their work and respond to it.  Analyse selected work in terms of technique, content and context.

You will be assessed on the following:
  • Culture and context
  • Tech/process
  • Investigation
  • Depth/Breadth
  • Vocabulary
  • Sources
  • Presentation
  • Integration