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Portrait of an Artist

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Studio Forza

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Portrait of an Artist

History of Photography
Bridging The Gap
The Independent
“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important.”
-Henri Lartrigue
Pop music today
Bon Iver
Portrait of an Artist
Drawing with Light
The First "Photograph"
Shutter Crazy
"pop" music
Ever changing music that is favored by the public
"rock" music
A reaction to the 1950's popular music culture
The cross-over
“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”
-Paul Strand
Sally Mann
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Selective use of light and a light-sensitive medium to create an image
Camera Obscura
Lens, mirror, and the human eye
Changing technology
View from the Window at Le Gras, Nicéphore Niépce, 1826
The Components:
The Variables:
Shutter Speed
Science Rather Than Art
Ansel Adams: Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941
Unknown, from
Kodak Brownie
"Le Violon d'Ingres"
Man Ray, 1924
"Omaha Beach, Normandy, France"
Robert Capa, 1944
Closely tied to folk music
Confined to temporal and geographic boundaries
It has been around as long as "classical" music
Pop music was designed for the white middle class
Rock music used the folk music of african american know as Rhythm and Blues
Record companies found that if they called this music Rock and Roll and had it re-recorded by white people they could sell more records.
Bon Iver
Indie folk band started in 2007 by Justin Vernon
The first Album For Emma, Forever Ago was rated 92/100 on Rolling Stones top albums of the '00s.
How does Bon Iver Break the rules?
The Text
First it was For Emma, Forever Ago. The soul in a refraction of icicles. A moment hanging like breath on air. And yet life – even still life – is not still. The story is not a story if it does not unravel. Your eyes you may cast backward, but the heart is locked in the chest and must beat forever forward. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is the frozen beast pressing upward from a loosening earth, one ear cocked to the echo of the ghost choir still singing, the other craving the martial call of drums tumbling, of thrum and wheeze. The desolation smoke has dissipated, cut with strips of brass. Celebration will not be denied, the cabinet cannot contain the rattle, there is meat on the bones.
Ambiguity, Pastoral, Intimate, Expressive
The Story
Key Questions
Does our knowledge of the story change our perception of the album?
Do you find more humility in the imperfections of Bon Iver in comparison to pop music?
What's next?
“Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.”
- Walker Evans
“Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history.”
- Cornell Capa
Sources of Inspiration and Experience
American photographer known for her large format B&W images
Immediate Family
At 12
Proud Flesh
Discussion and controversy
"It never occurred to me to leave home to make art."
Immediate Family
At 12
Proud Flesh
What's it all about?
Personal experience or story-telling?
WHO or WHAT are you making art for?
What bigger questions are represented?
Next Week: Student's Choice
History of Photography
Music and Art of the Renaissance
Evolution of Instruments
Classical Art and Architecture
One more thing...
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