The purpose of this section is to collect thoughts on photographers I admire and study further work I encounter through the course. The notes here are not intended to be full critiques or analysis of an individuals career, but rather, a place to collect my thoughts about work that inspires me. I intend to add to these notes throughout the course, indeed, this is a process that may continue after I have completed documentary. Because of the revisionist nature of this section, the photographers here are presented in alphabetical rather than chronological order.
I started by making a list from the top of my head of photographers that currently inspire me or work I admire. This was an interesting exercise because I quickly amassed a large amount of names and also recognised that there were many more photographers that I had surely missed off. Rather than retrospectively add these, I share my original list here as my ability to remember these names may say something about how important they are to me on an unconscious level. It will be interesting to reflect on this list at the end of the course and see which names I would add or even remove.
Photographers I know and inspire me so far:
W Eugene Smith
Bertien Van Manen
Christina de Middel