ITAP ‘The Genius Of Photography’ Part Three

What is described as “One of the most familiar concepts in photography”?
“A Decisive Moment” is one of the most familiar concepts in photography. In which, the photographer has purposely chosen a certain moment to capture that image.
Henri Cartier-Bresson is a well-known pioneer of this technique. One of his most famous images being the one below, in which he has purposely waited for the subject to take that leap.
Should you trust a photograph? (1.38m G3)
 Trusting a photograph can be a natural instinct for the audience, however, appearances may not always be as they seem. This can depend on the artist and the way in which they work.
What was revolutionary about the Leica in 1925?
The Leica was compact and quiet for its time in 1925, allowing photographers to photos easily and freely. This was particularly revolutionary for war photographers who had to take photographs quickly, whilst also carrying weapons etc. The small 35mm film camera was especially revolutionary when compared to the much larger format cameras.
What did George Bernard Shaw say about all the paintings of Christ?
George Bernard Shaw said “I would exchange every painting of Christ for one snapshot”, relating to how much people trust what they see in photographs, and how they see it as real evidence.
Why were Tony Vaccaros’ negatives destroyed by the army censors?
Tony Vaccaro, a well-known war photographer, had some of his negatives destroyed by army censors due to them containing images of dead GIs. These images were shocking for the time, and wouldn’t have been well received by audiences.

Who was Henryk Ross and what was his job?
Henryk Ross was a photographer who worked as an official propaganda photographer in Nazi Ghettos for the Department of Security & Administration. He created identity cards, took photos of the production of goods, as well as taking documentary images of how the Jewish people lived. Showing, not only their suffering, but also the happiness of their family events.
Which show was a “sticking plaster for the wounds of the war”, how many people saw it and what “cliché” did it end on?
The Family of Man was a photograph exhibition considered as being a “sticking plaster for the wounds of the war”. It contained over 500 images created by 273 photographers. It was a walkthrough version of LIFE magazine.  The show ended on W. Eugene Smith’s photograph of his own children walking in a garden, connoting the “beginning of their journey through life”.
Why did Joel Meyerowitz photograph ground zero in colour?
 Joel Meyerowitz photographed ground zero despite being told not to take photographs by Police. He photographed the images in colour for 8 months, saying that black and white would keep it as a tragedy, because there’s a tragic element to photographing not the war, but the destruction.


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