Backlogged Lectures

February 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

For the last 2 weeks I missed both Alison and pete’s lectures due to various course rep meetings and personal development meeting with my tutor spencer and so I thought that it would be a little difficult to blog about lectures, which I only attended half of so I have decide not blog about them although I have review the material which was posted online.


Alison Rowley- photography lecture 3- 02.02.15

February 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

For this lecture we looked at Richard Billingham’s, Ray’s a laugh, scalo work and a little about the history behind them and him.


We learned that Richard took photographs to show the reality of life and how it is not always so pretty. His parents were alcoholics and his brother went into care and he had to look after his father. He originally took the photographs of his family and home life to paint but was told his photographs were better then his paintings. It is obvious that he loves his family and he wanted to show them in the best way he could, and he got through his lot in life by using art to excel and focus, and ‘made the best out of a bad situation’.


We also watched a documentary called housing problems by Arthur Elton and E.M. Ansty- and in this documentary rather then asserting the need for new housing they showed real living conditions and had the people who lived there talk about the conditions they faced daily and filmed facing the camera dead on and just stated the benefits of relocation.

Alison Rowley- photography Lecture 2

January 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Quick look over the beginning of the lecture about Martha Rosler’s work with only sparse notes because the topic didn’t interest me and it didn’t really hold my attention.

  • Martha Rosler- ‘the bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems’
  • Analogue images
  • Black, bleak images of the street
  • Consists of 21 black and white images
  • 24 text slides
  • The exhibition started with words
  • (Look up essay- decoys and disruptions)

We then looked then at Jacob Riis a police photographer and he took photographs that were to show ‘how the other half lives’

They were real photographs, not staged, which were used to create a social conscience and to condemn the middle and upper class.

  • Photographed the poverty in New York- wanted to create a reaction in the viewers- dangerous to higher classes

(And as a last little thing we also looked at Walter Evans- “let us now praise famous men”

Alison Rowley- Lecture 1- 19/01/15

January 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Willie Doherty

  • He took a series of 6 black and white photographs taken in Belfast, Ireland.
  • He took a some photos twice, firstly in 1988 and then again in 2008
  • Also the photos he took in 1988 he then didn’t print until 2008 but used special paper to add the age to the photograph

Photos looked at….

  • We looked at McKibbon’s court 2008…
  • Donegal lane, Belfast, 1988 and then printed in 2008
  • The Westlink, Belfast, 1988 and also printed in 2008
  • 2 photos from strategy: Sever/Isolate
  • -Isolate taken in 2008, the footbridge, Westlink

We also looked at a photo taken in northern Ireland, environment agency, monument + building record

And some photos from Thomas Stahl-

  • Crosby street, new york in 1979
  • Düsselstrasse, Düsseldorf

We learned that Thomas Stahl had a huge influence on Willie Doherty’s work and his approach to his photograph

I found this lecture to be useful because of the influences shown and the techniques used, however I didn’t really enjoy the lecture because it is not something I would usually find interesting or be interested in.

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