Pre Departure Research

Photographer Research 

Nicephore Niepce  Niepce was an French Inventor who was world famous for his photography. He was a pioneer in the field who was a strong presence with the invention of photography. He developed heliography and his earliest surviving photo is from 1825. He grew up in a wealthy family where his father was a lawyer. Because of this they were forced to flee France during the French Revolution. Niepce served in the French Military. He was known for starting the first photogravure etching in 1822. Staring in 1829 he began to collaborate with Louis Daguerre and they developed the physautotype.  the Window at Le Gras, Nicephore Niepce 1826  Image

Louis Daguerre  Daguerre was a French artist and physicist. He is most widely recognized for his invention of the daguerrotype, a process of photography. He became known as one of the founding fathers in photography, however he was an established painter and helped to develop the diorama in theater. He is best known for his skills with theatrical illusion. Fun Fact Daguerre was the first French panorama painter!  “Boulevard du Temple” Louis Daguerre, 1833 Paris France 

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Brassai  Barassai was a famous Hungarian artist. He thrived in not only photography but sculpture and film as well. He was a popular filmmaker among the French. He was born to an American mother and Hungarian father where he was brought up speaking Hungarian. He attended the Hungarian Academy of Arts where he studied sculpture and painting. It was not until 1825 that he moved to Paris France where he would learn to speak French and stay for the rest of his life. He was introduced to the Montparrnasse culture and the young thriving artist who lived there, Van Gogh being one of them. He was best known for his photography that started here. Brassai worked in Paris de nuit, or Paris by night. He was a night photographer and his images where have said to capture the true essence of the city.

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William Henry Fox-Talbot Fox-Talbot was a British inventor as well as an inventor of photography. He was responsible for inventing the calotype process in the 19th century. He was not only a photographer but one that made his mark on photographs being artistic mediums. He is also said to have had a large mark on the world of commercial photography as well. In 1841 Talbot announced his invention of the calotype process.

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Julia Margaret Cameron  Cameron was a British photographer who captured images of celebrities and legendary heroic themes of her time. It was not until the late age of 48 that Cameron took up the art of photography. Her work, like many artists, was not appreciated at the time but has had a large standing impact on many modern works today. She is best known for her closely cropped portraits. It only took Cameron one full year after her daughter gave her a camera as a gift for her to find herself a member of the Photographic Societies of London and Scotland. 

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Clementina Lady Hawarden  Hawarden was mostly known for her work in photography via portraits. She stuck mainly to traditional portraiture and many of her works consisted of her children.  Hawarden herself was one of five children. Her work was acclaimed for its unique “artistic excellence.” She won many awards with her exhibitions for her composition. A collection of her portraits are held at the Victorian and Albert Museum in London.  

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Exhibition Research 

Klavadij Sluban at the Niepce Museum 

Sluban is the 2000 winner of the Niepce Prize and the Leica Prize in 2004. He is a French Photographer and he is based in Paris. He is currently 42 years of age and is still working on his body of work. He is known of his rigorous and coherent methods within his series. He was a former teacher but little by little gave up to learn the development of black and white photography. His high contrast give to the photos deep blacks and backlit silhouettes help to convey his style. Something special about his work includes his desire to teach. When he is not producing his own body of work he is running workshops with young offenders in prison. He helps to reveal the problems of closed spaces and constrained horizons. 

‘Centre des jeunes detenus’

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Robert Burley at the Niepce Museum 

Burley started honing in on his photographic skills through photos taken of architecture. He lives in Toronto, Canada were he represented by a well known gallery and continues his works. Through his most well known work his photos are displayed in a book titled,  “The Disappearance of Darkness that allows the camera to make up its own history. He comments to the collapse of photography as an art form because of the rise of manufactures such as Kodak. Image

Henri Cartier Bresson at the Fondation HCB, Paris 

Bresson is a French Photographer and he is considered to be the father of Photojournalism. He is said to be the master of candid photography. Because of him we have a strong sense of street photography or life reportage. He coined what is known as “The Decisive Moment” and changed the way people take photos forever. I am a large fan of his work mostly because of this notion The Decisive Moment holds. It is a timeless theme that can spread to generations, cultures and photos all over the world. It can communicate without words in a way that nothing else can. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson 

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Sebastiao Salgado at the Maison Europeenne Paris 

Interestingly enough Salgado went to school as an economist in Brazil  before he found photography. He worked as an Economist for the international coffee organization and found his love for travel through his work. This is also how he found his love for photography and started exploring it. He quit his job and pursued photography as a profession. He has traveld to over 100 countries pursuing his photography and won numerous photographic prizes. 

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Jacques Henri Lartigue at the photographers gallery London 

Born into a wealthy family Lartigue started exploring photos and photography when he was just seven years old. He captured his friends and family at play in active moments. After this young man found his love for photography he began his profession through capturing movement through photos and sports. He has explored photography through mixed mediums as well even using glass plates.

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Elinor Carucci 

Carucci has work shown an array of impressive places all over the world and many solo shows. Her work ranges from commercial advertisment to artist performance and from food to beauty. She does portraiture as well but most of this includes commercial work. Most of her artistic work is detailed in her personal work. She has many series that are presented and she keeps aside from her commercial works. A large part has been found controversial but widely accepted in Europe. 

From Diary of a Dancer

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Martin Parr at the Science Museum London 

Parr is a British Photographer who uses his photos as documentation. He is a photojournalist as well as a photobook collector. He takes a critical look at different aspects in modern life, particularly in England. He has taken a fascination in suburban life. These themes are largely what his work is known for. 

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Tony Ray Jones 

Jones did not begin to like education until he found himself enrolled at the London School of Printing where he concentrated on graphic design. He later gained a scholarship that brought him to the Yale University School of Art. At the young age of 19 Jones was published in magazines due to his talented work done in Africa taken from the window of a taxi. But Jones was eager to use photography in a more creative process so he went to the Design Lab held in Manhattan. He lived till he was 102 in Gloucesuter Place, Marylebone but sadly died of leukaemia. When he first left the states and Britain he was shocked at the lack of interest in non-commercial photography.

Tony Ray-Jones’s Beauty Contest, Southport, 1967 

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The First Photograph Take by me…

The first photo I ever took was most likely in Colorado. That is where I spent the beginning of my childhood. I was in love with the outdoors the minute I could walk, especially the snow. I am sure that first photo was taken at my grandmothers house in Dillion at the base of the mountains. I loved her house year round and spent a lot of time there. I played in her yard all day long and loved the birds that would spend time at her bird feeders. If I could guess I would say that my first photograph was taken here. Captured outdoors, in nature, spending time doing what i loved most. I still take pictures outside in the snow, it is my favorite place to be.

The First Photo taken of me…

To my knowledge the fist photo taken of me was while I was still in the hospital with my mom. I have this photo because it was taken of my by my grandmother and she put it in a book with many pictures for me when I graduated high school. It is interesting to think of myself at a time when I can not remember being myself. How that photo was so significant along with that moment along with my entire family but I had not the slightest clue at the time. I suppose everyones first photo is at the hospital, but this is a very first world assumption that my privileged life has allowed me to naively believe.  

 

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