As an introduction to part three, we are asked to read blog posts on WeAreOCA relating to the 2010 Brighton Photo Biennial, 2011 Format Photography Festival and the 2011 Hereford Photo Festival. The posts, and discussions, provide much of interest, below, are notes taken from the posts.
There is much to take from these posts, particularly the personal responses to some of the works presented. For instance, I know that the work of Peter Dench is the subject of upcoming exercises in this section. I was interested that the work he showed at the Format photography festival was universally disliked by the authors of the blog posts and in the comments. The term ‘unsophisticated’ is used to describe his work, as well as picking fault because of the similarities that can be drawn with Martin Parr. I wonder if Dench’s lack of art photographer credentials could be a reason for this analysis? On the other side of the spectrum however, Simon Roberts Election Project is criticised for being too mannered…a recurring theme is how photographs can produce strong, and sometimes, contradictory feelings in the viewer-it is important I think to remember that there is no such thing as a definitive reading, indeed, to be able to recognise multiple viewpoints and be open to changing your mind requires confidence.
Brook P. (2010) ‘Interrogations’ by Donald Weber. Prison Photography (website) Available at: https://prisonphotography.org/2010/11/09/interrogations-by-donald-weber/ [accessed 8th January 2018]
Dent, G. (2011) Right here, right now…first impressions. WeAreOCA 14th March 2011. Available at: https://weareoca.com/subject/photography/right-here-right-now-first-impressions/ [accessed 8th January 2018]
Kimmelman, M. (2006) Walker Evans. Or Is It? The New York Times, August 25th 2016. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/25/arts/design/25evan.html [accessed 7th January 2018]
Navarro, J. (2010a) Street photography…start by putting your camera away. WeAreOCA, 8th October 2010. Available at: https://weareoca.com/subject/photography/street-photography-start-by-putting-your-camera-away/ [accessed 8th January 2018]
Navarro, J. (2010b) On an exhibition ‘crawl’ at Brighton Photo Biennial. WeAreOCA, 9th November 2010. Available at: https://weareoca.com/subject/photography/on-an-exhibition-crawl-at-brighton-photo-biennial/ [accessed 6th January 2018]
Navarro, J. (2011a) Right here, right now…second thoughts. WeAreOCA, 15th March 2011. Available at: https://weareoca.com/subject/photography/right-here-right-nowsecond-thoughts/ [accessed 6th January 2018]
Navarro, J. (2011b) OCA students visit the Hereford Photography Festival. WeAreOCA, 19th November 2011. Available at: https://weareoca.com/subject/photography/oca-students-visit-hereford-photography-festival/ [accessed 6th January 2018]
Wiedenfeld, R. (2011) Lise Sarfati – ‘The New Life Interview’ (2011). ASX (website) Available at:
http://www.americansuburbx.com/2011/03/interview-lise-sarfati-new-life.html [accessed 8th January 2018]