David Siqueiros
Biography
 David Siqueiros is an American photographer who does a range of
styles but he's mostly known for his pop art w...
Bernice Steinbaum


This is a photograph of Bernice Steinbaum by David Siqueiros. In this photo
she’s in a natural pose b...
Sean & Chance


This is a photograph of Sean and Chance in the common
pop art style of David Siqueiros. This is a portrai...
Jorge Perez


This is a photograph of Jorge Perez who is an American
real estate developer and Author. He’s net worth $1....
My Versions: Kerry Sargent
 With the original photograph of Bernice Steinbaum a important
feature of the photograph was t...
Father & Daughter
 This photograph is very simplistic with only
black and white used as the main colours.
The only other ...
Tom Phillips
 In this photograph one of the main features was the use of
colour and composition, also how the person is d...
Photographer research and my own work
Photographer research and my own work
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Photographer research and my own work

  1. 1. David Siqueiros
  2. 2. Biography  David Siqueiros is an American photographer who does a range of styles but he's mostly known for his pop art work and his work with Andy Warhol which are a series of portraits. The photos that David takes all I believe capture what the person is like and their inner selves. David is similar to Andy Warhol with the use of bright and contrasting colors. With David's work you can actually learn a lot about the person in the photograph, as with the photo to the right of the large house behind the people it portrays that they are wealthy and so with the colors of countries behind the subjects. These photos are clearly edited on the computer opposed to Andy Warhol’s style of using silk screening although they both have a similar affect. Where as with Warhol the backgrounds were mostly plain, David’s represent the person in a unique way. Again the composition for his portrait pop art is very simple and doesn’t show the full body. He doesn’t just create pop art pieces of people, as you can see he has done landscapes which is a unique way of seeing the world and also promotional material.
  3. 3. Bernice Steinbaum  This is a photograph of Bernice Steinbaum by David Siqueiros. In this photo she’s in a natural pose but smiling. The composition of the photo is chest up with her eyes on the line of the rule of thirds. The colours used in the photograph are mainly black, white, blue and yellow all of which contrast with what they are next to. Siqueiros says that black and white takes the viewer “out of the realm of reality” and these colours and contrasts are prominent through out his work. The black used creates a sense of shade and reflects where the lighting on the subject is coming from, in this case the light is from the left of her face, from our perspective the right. The photograph reflects and emphasizes her bright personality with the bright colours and vibrant big smile. There's the repetition in the colour blue as its natural with her eye colour. There's also the repetition of her name in the background making it a piece that is there to reflect this person and who she is. In most portrait photographs the person has a very still look on their face without a smile, but David’s work reflects the personality and emotion of the person in the photograph, blue is a calming colour that draws in your eyes and makes the woman look like somebody you could trust with a nice personality. I think what's vital with pop art photography and is reflected in this photograph is how the photographer portrays their personality through the use of colour and how the subject is looking. The colours used are very soothing, yet vibrant which all reflects her personality. There's a filter used over the portrait of Bernice and most likely a texture filter. I really do like this piece and think it really shows a lot about the person. I think that it’s a good photography piece as the general rules are followed with a perfect composition and use of colour with the lighting creating a good amount of light and dark that contrasts. The use of the triangle created by what she's wearing naturally draws the eye to there and then leads the eye up to the face.
  4. 4. Sean & Chance  This is a photograph of Sean and Chance in the common pop art style of David Siqueiros. This is a portrait of a father and his daughter in a natural pose as she is about to kiss her father. They are wearing quite casual clothes and both wearing jewelry. The composition in this photo again is quite simple and taken from around the stomach upwards. The father and daughter instead of being in the center of the photograph they are positioned to the right in line with the points on the rule of thirds. This piece is completely black and white other than the little girls pink nails and lips. The use of the contrasting black and white of the subjects with the addition of the little splashes of colour really creates a focal point on the photograph along with the blacks of their hair. The lighting looks as if its coming from above with the shadows under the folds of his shirt and under the girls arm and face. Again this photograph reflects the people in the photograph and straight away you know that this is a portrait of father and daughter and the love they share. Once again there’s the repetition of their names in the background making this piece a personal piece for them and there also the repetition of the colours black and white. By having the lips of the daughter red it puts the focal point on them and really emphasizes them which signifies the connection between them. The daughter is looking up to her father which shows how he could be inspirational to her and how he’s the father figure that the child should look up to. There is a sense of movement in the photo as they have been captured just before their lips meet and his lips are pouted. There’s a filter over the two people but not he background, its most likely a texture filter and adds a grainy effect but still makes details on them clear and visible. I think that pop art is about reflecting the personality of the people through stance and colour. David Siqueiros achieves this by creating a very personal piece to the father and daughter showing the bond between them and the emotions they share. The use of the triangle created by the fathers arm on his leg naturally leads the eye to there and creates a focus point. There's no real importance to the photograph although to the people in the photo it shows their emotions and how close they are. I think the simple use of black and white really works and overall it’s a good photograph.
  5. 5. Jorge Perez  This is a photograph of Jorge Perez who is an American real estate developer and Author. He’s net worth $1.2 billion and this is clearly reflected in the way he is dressed as he’s wearing what looks like an expensive suit and posing in the photograph. This is also reflected in the background and text over the background, this reflects his career and also his wealth as he is clearly wealthy through his role being C.E.O and President of The Related Group. Again pop art I think reflects the persons personality and who they are and this piece clearly demonstrates this. The lighting in this photograph is coming from the right of him and from our perspective the left of the photograph and the shade creates more deep blacks. Once again the main colours used for the person in the portrait are black and white which really contrast with each other with the deep blacks, highly saturated and really create a focal point in the piece contrasting with the coloured bright background. The colours used for the background are bright, urban colours which also reflects Jorge Perez, his company has been at the forefront of the urban revolution. Its taken from the top of his legs upward from the angle at his level in front of him. The photograph to the right, instead of being just black and white colours are used for his face and tie to reflect real life colours, but his blazer hair and rest of his body are still black and white. His personality is also reflected in the way he’s looking at the camera, he looks quite serious but kind of intrigued, big and imposing. His hands create a triangle shape which eyes are naturally lead to then lead up his body and to the face. What also creates a focal point and leads eyes to the piece are the leading lines in-between each photograph and section. The background in this piece is in focus where as usually in portrait photography the background is out of focus. This is because the background reflects who the person is and is an important part of the piece. Of course the background would have been edited in most likely using software like Photoshop, this is evident as there are a number of pieces that involve the same photograph but different backgrounds. The background in this piece says “The Related Group redefining cities and skylines Jorge M.Perez President and CEO” which is repeated over the whole piece. I think that David Siqueiros through this piece was trying to represent Jorge Perez and has achieved this successfully. Through this photograph you can see that this person is wealthy immediately, and the urban colours also represent who he is and his career. The person in the photograph is quite influential at this time in the real estate market so he and the photograph and the way he is reflected is quite important.
  6. 6. My Versions: Kerry Sargent  With the original photograph of Bernice Steinbaum a important feature of the photograph was the lighting to create the contrast between black and white. This was what I wanted to create in my own work with the light coming in from the left of her. I wanted the subject to have the same pose and composition as Bernice Steinbaum, in the original the pose and smile was very natural which was what I wanted to portray and believe I have achieved this successfully. I used the same colours such as the bright yellow hair, and subtle but contrasting pink lips that stand out from the white face. Because I couldn't’t get the same clothing I made sure that, like the original there was something in the composition that drew the eye to the photograph. So in my photograph I used the big flower which contrasts with the black dress and draws the eye to the photograph. I put the subjects name in the background as it is in the original which also creates some leading lines between each line. It creates a background which doesn’t distract from the subject but links in with the colour scheme and contrasts. I also used the same texture over the body and face.
  7. 7. Father & Daughter  This photograph is very simplistic with only black and white used as the main colours. The only other colour used is the red of the lips that on both photos, mine and the original you can hardly see unless you focus on the photograph. I got the same composition with the father and daughter and her hand on the face. I also made sure that I got the triangle created by the fathers arm as the eye is naturally drawn to triangles which will then lead your eye upwards to the face. Again I made sure I got the lighting correct coming from above them to create shadows between the creases of the clothing. When editing the photograph and adding in the colours I made sure that I used the same colours and only made little details colour like in the original, so the fathers collar and end of his arm sleeve. I also added the text in the background, with the text white and background gray, this links in with the rest of the colour scheme and doesn’t distract from the main subject. I also added the same texture to the photograph and once again the text in the background creates leading lines with the gap in between.
  8. 8. Tom Phillips  In this photograph one of the main features was the use of colour and composition, also how the person is dressed. Opposed to the other photographs this one uses colour for the body and clothing. I made sure that the expression on the face was serious and the angle of the photograph was looking slightly upwards to him. I kept the hair black and white as it is in the original. Instead of having all three colours in the photograph I just used one colour for the background and kept it simple as the subject hasn’t yet got a job and is only young, although I still used his name for the background and the same colour. The lighting I had coming in from the right of him to create the shadow on his hand but also as he's looking towards a different direction there’s shadows under his eyes.

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