ITAP ‘The Genius Of Photography’ Part Five

Who said “ The camera gave me the license to strip away what you want people to know about you, to reveal what you can’t help people knowing about you”, and when was it said?
Diane Arbus

Do photographers tend to prey on vulnerable people?
Some people argue that photographers prey on vulnerable people. However, I believe that this depends on the intentions behind the images. For example, Diane Arbus created the series “Freaks”, showing people that can be perceived as abnormal by society, however, she showed that they are normal people and that sometimes what we think is normal actually isn’t. I don’t think that this is exploitation, as she is accepting them into society.

Who is Colin Wood?
Colin Wood is the small boy in Arbus’ photograph “Child With Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park”.

Why do you think Diane Arbus committed suicide?
Diane Arbus committed suicide in 1971, after suffering with depression.
Some people believe that in her photography she portrayed her own anxieties and it can seem that she was trying to be someone else.

Why and how did Larry Clark shoot “Tulsa”?
Larry Clark took portraits showing the life he and the people around him were living. Revolving around drink, drugs and sex.
These photographs were in a series called “Tulsa”, which opened up the “Impolite Genre”.

Try to explain the concept of “confessional photography”, and what is the “impolite genre”?
Confessional photography consists of images that are very open and truthful, they don’t sugar-coat the situations.
For example, Nan Goldin’s photography consisted of images involving prostitution, drugs and domestic violence.
The impolite genre involves confessional photography, not hiding anything that could shock or offend the audience.

What will Araki not photograph, and why?
Araki does not photograph things in his life that he doesn’t like, as he only shoots what he wants to remember. He says that photography helps him remember.
What is the premise of Postmodernism?
Postmodernism focuses on the ideas that our culture now revolves around media imagery, showing people how we believe we should live our lives. In postmodernism individuals don’t have their own inherent humanity, as we’re all composites of myths and narratives written by people.
Cindy Sherman is a photographer whose work may be considered as postmodernist, as she photographed herself in her series titled “Film Stills”, in cliché situations from movies that many audiences would be familiar with.


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