The possible contradictions of the war photograph now become apparent. It is generally assumed that its purpose is to awaken concern. The most extreme examples – as in McCullin’s work – show moments of agony in order to extort maximum concern. Such moments, whether photographed or not, are discontinuous with all other moments. They exist by themselves. But the reader who has been arrested by the photograph may tend to feel this discontinuity as his own personal moral inadequacy…
Andrew’s photographs make me care. They show me beach volleyball in a way I had never considered it before: a sweat-stained hat, feet mangled from years in the sun and sand, a tangled net. The normal representation of beach volleyball as all bubble gum and smiles is replaced by a melancholic depiction of the oft-painful and monotonous commitment needed to compete professionally. Andrew is clearly a part of the beach volleyball world and he does a great job of sharing that world with the rest of us.
If you’re a photographer with a new body of work to show or if you’re a photography fan who has a new photo crush, you’re always welcome to submit it for posting on Aphotostudent. The majority of the posts on here for the past two years have showcased the work of world-renowned photographers. I’d like to devote more time to showcasing new work from emerging artists, but I need your help to do it.
Ways to reach me:
1: Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org but please write “aphotostudent submission” or something similar in the subject line so I don’t confuse it with the many requests for help I receive from Nigerian Royalty with millions of dollars stuck in limbo.
Please include a little bit about yourself and the body of work in the email. A bit of context always helps.
2: Head over to my Facebook page and post a comment on the most recent call for work.
Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. And, my apologies if I don’t reply to your submission right away. Sometimes emails stack up. It’s nothing personal.
The Atlantic has a great selection of color photos of the United States during World War II. The photos were shot by Alfred Palmer and Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information – an agency created by Franklin Roosevelt. The Office of War Information which existed from June 1942 to September 1945 “coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and, using posters and radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warned about foreign spies and attempted to recruit women into war work. The office also established an overseas branch which launched a large scale information and propaganda campaign abroad.”(Office of War Information at Wikipedia)
If you look at my website, you’d think, “Here’s a photographer whose confident and secure in his work.” On a good day it’s a complete mess, but I am very happy with the mess. Dilemmas are hard and can break the spirit but they bring on just decisions about your work.