Parr and badger photo

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Parr & Badger reading: -countless reasons why photographers take pictures and many uses to which those pictures are put - some express themselves creatively, record their view of the world, change viewers perception of the world, or to pay the rent - photographs can be historical documents, political propaganda, pornography, repositories for personal memories, works of art, fact, fiction, metaphor, poetry -diverse aims and ambitions: creative, utilitarian, propagandist, therapeutic, shamanistic - two main kinds of photographic history: one focused on technical developments and the other on aesthetics -1930s socio-political implications of photography, but only since the advent of postmodernism and representational theory has the imbalance in favor of the aesthetic been rectified by socio-cultural studies of the medium - photography is not like fine art -“a secret history embedded in the well-known chronologies of photographic history” What is a photobook? - the work’s primary message is carried by photographs - it has a specific character, distinct from the photographic print - the photographer/author is considered an ‘auteur’ - according to John Gossage, a great photobook should fulfill the following criteria: o it should contain great work o it should make that work function as a concise world within the book itself o should have a design that complements what is being dealt with o should deal with content that sustains an ongoing interest - a group of photographs is brought together between covers, each image places so as to resonate with its fellows as the pages are turned, making the collective meaning more important than the images’ individual meanings - great photobooks can be made from not-so-great photographs - some photobooks have texts that coexist with the photographs - design is also important the binding, jacket, typography, the paper & printing - 1950s and 1960s regret the passing of the rotogravure era when pictures were reproduced in sensuous blacks that were almost tctile in their effect - photobooks have a particular subject – a specific theme
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course COMM 211 taught by Professor Traubaut during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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