Case Studies – Chris Nash

Chris Nash

 

  • London based photographer.
  • Shares his time with commercial work, fine art photography and teaching.
  • Graduated with a BA(hons) from Goldsmiths.
  • Known as one of the most creative photographers of his time, he has built a great reputation.
  • Nash has held exhibitions in 60 different locations in 18 countries.
  • He also has produced work for advertising billboards, fashion catalogues and on album and book covers.
  • Personally, I think Chris Nash has developed a skill for capturing the best millisecond to photograph the dancers and by having so much experience with them, this shows in his work.

http://www.chrisnash.net/biog.html

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Case Studies – Daesung Lee

 

Daesung Lee

  • Korean Photographer based in Paris, France.
  • Graduated from Chung-Ang University in korea in 2003
  • His career started with commercial photography but then transitioned to documentary ever since 2007
  • His project ‘futuristic archaeology’ shows billboard size prints placed in a landscape area. The prints show Mongolians living a nomadic life and still depend on a vast open fields for survival.
  • His other photographic work are On the shore of a vanishing island, Last of the first, the land of the local fire and sulphur collectors.

http://www.indiphoto.net/#!work/ckiy

http://www.aintbadmagazine.com/article/2015/02/22/daesung-lee/imgres-2

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Case Studies – Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter

 

  • Tom was born in 1965 in Bournemouth. He is a London based photographer
  • Award winner and has work exhibited internationally
  • Won several awards during his career after graduating from London College of Printing in 1944
  • During 2006 Tom became the only artist to have a solo photography show at the National Gallery for his series ‘Living in Hell and Other Stories that explores social development in Hackney
  • Also won Horary Fellowship of the RPS (Royal Photographic Society)
  • Tom lives in East London and his work is mostly to his community and neighbourhood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Hunter_(artist)

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Case Studies – Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall

 

  • Canadian Photographer born in Vancouver 1946
  • Originally from Vancouver, he moved to London as he met his wife in Vancouver and as she is English, they moved with their two sons.
  • Exhibited work internationally for 25 years, had a big role in creating photography as a contemporary art form
  • Best known for his large-scale colour transparencies in light boxes.
  • Wall’s work is categorised into two categories, documentary and cinematographic.
  • He uses tableaux in his work to show a mixture of natural beauty, urban decay as the backdrop.
  • While Wall is known for large-scale, in the early 1990s he became interested in still life’s.
  • Personally, I thing that wall was influenced by painters such as William Hogarth as he painted everyday scenes what showed crowds of people in on particular space. By comparing the two I can see that the mood is the same in both of their works.
  • Wall is still working today in London.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Wall

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/jeff-wall

 

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Case Studies – Eugene Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix

  • Delacroix was born in April 1798.
  • He was an important romantic painter who used expressive brushstrokes to show it in his work.
  • When he was working he liked to focus on movement and colour in his work and show form with clear outlines.
  • Influenced by the works of Lord Byron.
  • Born in a town near pairs, Delacroix was the son of Charles-Francois and Victoire Oeben and had three siblings.
  • It was in 1822 when Delacroix made his first painting of The Barque of Dante , Two years later he gained recognition for his work The Massacre at Chios
  • The Massacre at Chios was his most famous painting that had a lot of meaning to it involving the Greeks and French at the time
  • In 1826 he started to experiment with different painting techniques and began making more romantic artworks. In 1825 he created some lithographs that illustrated shakespere.
  • Personally, I believe his work refects on the time of the paintings and the social scene of the era.
  • He died August 13 1863 in Paris

http://www.eugene-delacroix.com/

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Case Studies – William Hogarth

 

William Hogarth

  • Born in London, November 10th 1697, Son to an unsuccessful writer Richard Hogarth.
  • He attended St Martin’s Lane academy in October 1720 and began Painting with Oils in the late 1720’s
  • He was first noticed when he produced some scenes form The Beggar’s opera of 1728.
  • He was an accomplished painter of small scale conversation pieces which means a painting of groups of people such as friends.
  • Began to become popular when he was acknowledged for his publication of engravings after the first of his ‘modern moral subjects’. Modern moral subject is the type of painting that recognises the manners and morals of the period in which Hogarth lived.
  • He then went on to create more work and most importantly The Rake’s Progress. This painting includes a lot of people, personally I think this would have been hard to paint as you need to take into consideration the light in every element.
  • Went on to create lots more work that got him recognised for his talent. He also has a talent for talking about art and explaining his views.
  • He died at his house on the 25th or 26th of October 1764 in Leicester Fields.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/william-hogarth-265

http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/m/modern-moral-subject

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Retouching

Retouching is a process of editing. This is photo manipulation, which simply means altering or changing something on an image. For example, if you see a spot on a models face that you want to eliminate you can use the spot healing tool on Photoshop to erase it.

Some people are happy with the retouching process and see it as a skill however, some see the photo as a lie because it is not a realistic photo of someone/someplace. Most people are against it because of the unrealistic expectations that it pressures people to be. When you see a celebrity magazine on the shelves in a supermarket it is more than likely that images inside have been edited. This then creates an unreal view on an individual and this is why retouching is frowned upon. However, I find it good to tidy hair or spots up on photoshop so that aspects like that are not distracting or make the image look odd.

I have decided to research into retouching because I want to be able to remove any red spots on the faces of my models or any stray hairs on their head. I feel this will help the look of my images and make them look tidier.

Therefore I decided to watch some youtube videos and see how other photographers retouch their images.

After watching these I produce some images in the studio. For this image I decided to do a unique lighting technique as it would highlight around the models head and I could edit any stray hair out.

At first I started with the RAW image in camera raw and then started to edit the image.

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I decided to edit out a red spot on his forehead and tidy up the hair around his beard.

First, I made another layer named retouch to show me the effect that my retouching has had on the image. This is helpful because I can effectively see what impact I am making.

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After researching this subject and practise on some old images I have decided that I prefer to use the patch tool to retouc. This is because you can select an area as you can see above and then move it so it clones with another space. However, both the spot healing and patch tool have their good and bad qualities.

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The result of this is clearer skin without blemishes as you can see above. The next step was to clear some stray hair on the models skin above his beard.

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As you could imagine, this takes time and can get irritating but the final image is worth it because it is a clean image without distractions. Once I had made all the changes that I thought it needed, I changed it to black and white to add more drama to the image. Overall, this research has taught me how to be efficient at retouching on photoshop, I am happy I chose this to research as it will help me in the future with my photography.

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