Week 23 & 24 Course Updates

I just realized what a bad blogger I’ve been of late. I never posted an update before running off on Spring Break. So, here is a double post covering highlights from the past two weeks of classes.

Digital Imaging:

Just before Spring Break, we had to take a daytime photo and turn it to nighttime. It was a fun exercise. I started with this:

aphotostudent james pomerantz warm beach

I set up various masks for the water, sky, rocks and people and then tweaked all the colors and levels. I added a few color fill layers with gradients, threw in some stars and a little something to jazz things up a little…Bam!

aphotostudent james pomerantz tulum boom

It’s not perfect and could use more work, but I was pretty impressed with myself!

The next assignment, which is due next week, is to change the season in a photograph.

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I was not in History of the Book for Week 23 which covered post-war photo books (Frank, Avedon and Arbus).

Readings for Week 23 were:

Gerry Badger and Martin Parr: “The Photobook: A History – Volume 2“, chapters 5& 6

Karal Ann Marling, “As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s“,  chapters 3, 5, & 7

Martha Rosler, Decoys and Disruptions, “Place, Position, Power, Politics”

In Richard Bolton, “The Contest of Meaning“:

Carol Squires, “The Corporate Year in Pictures”

Sally Stein, “The Graphic Ordering of Desire: Modernization of a Middle Class Woman’s Magazine, 1914-39″

Esther Parada, “C/Overt Ideology: Two Images of Revolution”

This past week we watched two videos, one was an unreleased documentary about Mike Disfarmer. The other was Allan Sekula’s “A Short Film For Laos

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In Visible and Invisible we were given our second assignment:

Express your physical, mental, symbolic point of view verbally/visually/acoustically/performing. Be true to yourself.

We also began to discuss the concept of time. Things mentioned:

Boulevard du Temple, ca 1838. Louis Daguerre
The Horse In Motion, 1878. Eadweard Muybridge
Behind the Gare St Lazare, 1932. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Bullet Through Apple, 1964. Harold Edgerton
Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, 1993. Hiroshi Sugimoto

Bill Viola, “The Quintet of the Astonished” (2000):

Kimsooja:

Yom HaShoah:

Fischli and Weiss:

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In Right Here, Right Now we looked at some abstract photography:

Attatonilco Series 0126 , 2009. Shirine Gill
Afterimage #10 (Lingering Green), 2008. Mikko Sinervo
Black Forest, Roland Fischer
HORIZON 13 - RED 2002, Silvio Wolf
Six Color Curl (CMMYYC: Irvine, California, July 18th 2008. Walead Beshty
Mandala #450, 2003. Bill Armstrong
Early Light/Sylvania AG/1B (C-819), 2008. Marco Breuer
Nicki Stager
Untitled #57, 1998. Richard Caldicott

Next week: Changing seasons in a photograph, a look at porn in History of the Book and time to register for classes.

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