This is an artist that not only do I look at the quality of his work and want to hang it on my wall after looking at it I want to do something to help the people I see in the images. His images create emotions they make us think. In my previous studies for this course there have been debates of what is more effective a graphic war image or an image of the aftermath perhaps or a more subtle image. Salgados images are not graphic in a way that we look away or become immune they are designed to make us look study and think. Every image is telling us a story from the detail of the cloths of the people in it to their surroundings, to the look in their eyes be it of hope, despair or the fight they have in them to survive. The images here are from the Unicef website they are images that can be bought in poster form which were donated by salgado to Unicef. This in itself a testament to Salagados desire to help the people he photographs. Salgado has been criticised for making money out of taking pictures of people who could never afford to buy them. I feel very strongly that Salgados images have brought more good than bad to these people in the awareness they raise of the plight of those around us which could be so easily ignored and yet these images stick in your mind longer than most they stay there reminding you that you have yet to do something to help these people.
The above image is a story in itself it shows us the surroundings of this refugee camp in Tanzania however it also shows a mother looking after her child. The image makes us think of any parent doting on their child who wants the best for them. This woman is striving to do just that in the most difficult of living conditions. There is evidence of how the people cook and the tents they live in. All these details tell us a story and this is what I need to think about for my next assignment. I can do this with several images however they objective is a narrative.
This image above caught my attention also the cloths tell us something of the poverty of the boy while he is sitting on a bench made of twigs. His arms are crossed in a self protective kind of way and yet he is aware of the camera. He is confident judging by his stance however his eyes look beyond the camera this boy has suffered and seen more hardship and pain than any person should see in their lifetime.
The traditional cloths the hair all tell us something about this girl the mountains behind. We are carried with the image to imagine the girls life her story.
I could never do such justice to my subjects as Salagado however I believe each image he takes tells us a story and I admire the dignity and respect he gives to each person he photographs I feel it is inspiring. I have tried never to offend with my images or to photograph who does not want to be photographed and I believe it is important to show the strength and personality in who I photograph.
I have attached below one image of the local market of a vendor. The aim of this image was to show how this person works and a little bit of his life.
This man who keeps fish swimming in a large bucket beside him and whenever you like he takes one and you can have it cooked on the bar-b-q or chopped up in a soup. The conditions show a simple set up and not a wealthy fish display as we would see in a supermarket. Note also the picture behind his head a calendar. His hands show he has worked however his shirt is fresh and pressed. There is pride in his work and it costs to have a stall in the local market he is a successful man maintaining his family. The fishing nets tell us he has gone out and fished what we see at the market.
See also my post on Salgado by Parvati Nair.
I went to see his gallery set up on Lincoln Road Miami. So landscape is my thing. Its what I love and aspire to. The images were amazing and the printing even more interesting. Large images hang on the wall so large that you feel you are in the place you are looking at. The prints have a light and a colour that seems so real it is hard to beleive. I was very curious as to how they are printed. I have since found out tht they are printed on Kodak Metallic Paper and between two sheets of plexiglass to keep them perfectly straight.
While we were in the gallery there were two new images of Peter liks on display in two seperate rooms. We were brought in to unveil this shot and sat down on a sofa while the sales person dimmed the lights what happen was a shot of a river and its reflections as the lights dim the light changed. It was like watching as the sun set on a real scene. You felt as if you were sitting on the bank of the river watching the sun set.
It was explained to us that they were particular chemical used to create this effect I know now more. However his galleries are definitely worth a visit.
Heres one shot for the post but cannot do justice to what you will see in a gallery.
Other inspiring photographers who appear within this blog.
I have recently been lucky enough to go and see an exhibit of Penns in New York. Penn on assignment at the PaceMcgill Gallery. It was interesting to also read how Penn would spend days on a fashion piece trying to ensure it was completely original sometimes a little surprising. For example there is the image of a wasp on a pair of freshly pressed with lipstick models lips. A cream poured over a models head. Along with other contemporary fashion shots where particularly Penns use of light is very distinctive.
Penns travel pieces and portraits always trying to tell us something.
One piece which stuck out to me was “The hand of Miles Davis” these pieces of a hand where we can see every crease and line in this hand. The light alone in the image attracts you and it is the first piece that you see as you enter the gallery a prelude to what is to follow. The images are displayed simply and categorically on the walls as the pictures speak for themselves. Most images are printed on Gelatin Silver print.
I was researching Irving Penn of which he has a great selection of the most amazing portraits trying to understand the light. This picture initially caught my attention for its amazing light and the freckles on this models face. However it is the reflection in the eyes which held my attention. The light which goes down the nose and sits on her lips also makes me continue to look at this image.
Other Inspiring Photographers.
Gary Vinogrand 1928 to 1984
Particularly known for his portrayal of American life in the 1960’s many of his photos show the social issues and its portrayal by and influence of the media. Note in Winogrands Images there seems to be a sense of movment, action things happening.
Image one Notice the hands are moving in various directions and this gives us a say of looking around the image. The Gentleman is facing the girl and the girl is looking out of the frame leading us to believe there is more going on than what we see. The curves and circles on the wall paper help in to increase the sense of movement.
Image two there seems to be a central point in the hard had at the epicenter of the image. There are then arms and flags pointing in all directions leading us around the image and back. As my eyes dart back and forward in the image it gives me a sense of chaos and of action. The sign with writing gives us a clue as to the event noted also we can see a child and woman in the forefront showing us it is an event attended by all.
Here we see the eyes are used as vectors and communicate that there are more things going on outside the frams. Shapes created by the hands. Note the car behind giving us an indication of the time. The photograph these are all clues that make us curious what is the photo about.
This photograph of a woman laughing yes we would like to know why it seems just a genuine heartfelt laugh. The manequin behind of a man creates curiousity and makes me want to look longer at the image.
The air and arms moving in the same direction give a sense of movement. The line on the road leads us to the building behind. The car going in the opposite direcion of the womans hair.
There are so many details here in the dress and action of the people. The arms and legs bring us around the image in the forefront and the line going diagonally across the image punctuated with the line of small points of people in the background.
Dan Weiner 1919 to 1959 Weiner served in the Armed forces in WWII and it was after this he became a photojournalist.
He worked for fortune Magazine.
“Following the war, he pursued work as a photojournalist, refining his belief that the photographer has a moral responsibility to illuminate social ills and to comment on significant events in history. Weiner’s goals encountered opposition from magazine editors, who routinely cropped, resized and altered his images, using them in a context not originally intended. ” http://www.robertmann.com/artists/weiner/about.html
What I see in Weiners photo from street shots to important events is a clarity of shot. Each shot is the perfect picture for what it portrays. I have selected a few of my favourite shots taken from http://www.robertmann.com In the first shot of Martin Luther King Jr speaking in a church about the bus boycott 1956 we can see the speaker the people attending how they are dressed the Chapel itself. There is little left to the imagination except we are left wondering how the story evolves and a great wealth of detail to read it keeps you looking at every hat and face in the image. The other street shots again the detail the cloths they wore and a little bit of history told. The picture of snow I love for the detail of every bit of snow falling can be seen in the lines on the image.