Ideas about the photographs…
semiotics – the study of reading signs – culturally based, signs within your culture that signify meanings that you understand.
source magazine – get for finding contemporary photographers, and conceptual ideas.
what is conceptual photography photography? using the camera to express an idea. A type of photography that illustrates an idea. – the piece offers an explanation to what its about instead of reading the image itself.
watching video – http://www.source.e/feature/what_is_conceptual.html (
video 2) asking the questions – what are the main points being made? what key points can you locate? – what questions does this short video raise for you? – sum up the context in your own words= in a few sentences.
- people never challenge
- derogatory to other photography
- thought behind the image instead of just snapping pictures
- conceptual is contemporary, idea over rides the work- the work isn’t speaking for itself
- deliberately obvious what the work was until contemporary work was brought in – now it doesn’t give you a chance for you to create your own opinion
- gives us perspective
- just homes in on one way of seeing
video was going so fast i couldn’t connect with it or understand it until half way through
need to watch the video again to understand it better and be able to pick up more points…
- watching the video again – video 2
- conventions that already exist that no body can challenges
- ‘the art of portraits and the nude’
- photography obsessed by representation
- always look at the picture as if you’re not getting it – don’t just assume you have it right – look at it more closely
- with conceptual you have to dig deep – to see all of the rich layering – ideas behind, history, context
- derogatory to other types of photographic making
- 1970s started to bring emotion back into photography
- photography consumed under humanist discourse – dominated photographic criticism
- the generation of artist photographers that picked up on the conceptual barrier 1970s ‘Victor Burgen’ ‘Alan Secular’
- brought a seriousness to photography – most critical of capitalism
- made it into a valued market ‘Paul Graham’
- ‘going into the world and just snapping what you see is no longer valued response’
- before conceptual – expressive, personal, subjective, tactile, emotional – all of those things have been out out out?
- conceptual is an anti- personal, anti-emotional, anti-subjective??
- something that refuses to have it’s meaning pinned down is a value rather than a weakness
- because of the text behind it – people no longer looking at the meaning behind photography – no longer trying to figure out themselves the meaning behind the image.
- photography is a good way of giving you a one side of an object – one perspective – that point of view can sometimes be deceptive – one way of seeing
watching the other two videos that were not a part of the lesson…
- video 1
- images have subject matter
- had no idea what to call it – tried many different names – ‘7 years book’
- want to know why – what is idea behind?
- 60s and 70s not really and critical industry around art
- John Hilliard more interested in technical capabilities of taking a photograph
- video 3
- all photography is not conceptual
- all photography is an abstraction of reality
- all photography to some degree is conceptual – driven by concept
- artist is ideas
- photographer knows about your machine
- ‘John Moore’ Rawalpindi