Some of these photographers are quoted in the coursework others I have found on my own by researching night time photography. A failure on my part was that I forgot to record in my written log when I accessed the majority of the links below.
Jean Baptiste Hynh
Was born in France in 1966 and is a self taught photographer. His themes and subjects range from portraits, nudes, minerals, plants, spirituals symbols and landscapes.
His images have a minimalistic quality with clarity and beautiful composition. The portraits are haunting because he focuses on the eyes and he uses both artificial and natural light in his images.
I particularly liked ‘Melon Galia’ . The lighting in the image shows form and texture of the melon which could be misjudged to be a picture of the moon on first glance.
http://www.jeanbaptistehynh.com [accessed 12,06,2016]
http://camerawork.de/en/artists/jean-baptiste-huynh [accessed 04,08,2016]
Chris Steele- Perkins
A magnum photographer, he used a strategy of juxtaposition by pairing the remote and the majestic together. He combined Mount Fuji with in ordinary scenes of the ‘everyday’. The mountain was relegated to an incidental position within the frame.
In exercise 4.5 I was influenced by Chris Steele-Perkins and showed a similar theme showing the Burj Khalifa in an incidental position within the frame of everyday scenes.
The photographer Ernst Hass(1921-1986) describes his own experience of having a fresh perception of an ordinary subject
“I looked at an apple for such a long time until it became the first apple I had ever seen I was so excited that I called a friend to tell him my experience. But how could I find the right words for what I had experienced? How could I describe my visual sensations with literary words such as red, yellow, green, shining and round after this movement of Nuances and counteractions in form and colour, even in touch and smell? Anyhow I did not find the right words and my friend did not believe me, so I ate the apple as I have eaten many an apple before. It was a fairly good apple.”
Researching Ernst Hass’s images made me switch around my assignment because I wanted more colours and excitement in them, I wanted motion. His Las Vegas pictures caught my eye and are an influence. Some of his colour collection images make you question what you are seeing which I like.
A very well known British photographer who is known for shooting portraits of famous people. Interviewed in The Face magazine in December 1984. David Bailey said much the same but in a simpler way:
“In photography everything is so ordinary, it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.”
Had to google Victor Burgin. Victor Burgin disagreed with Haas and Bailey saying that its not even possible to have a pure observation or an ‘innocent look’. We can’t forget the photographs we have already seen
“there can never be any question of ‘just looking’: vision is structured in such a way that the look will always already entrain a history of the subject.”
Well known well established photographer, some of his images are iconic. Bill Brandt ( 1904-1983) preferred to rely on ‘camera vision’ rather than his own subjective vision:
“Instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing I interfered very little, and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eye had never observed.”
John Davies imaginatively combined traditional elements with the contemporary industrial landscape of Fuji city
These three photographers I was interested in when I was researching ‘night time photography’ and also the ‘Creative beauty of Artificial light’. The libraries here are inadequate so the internet is my only source of information.