Objective vs Subjective Analysis of Photographs

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  • Objective vs Subjective Analysis of Photographs

    1. 1. OBJECTIVITY VS.SUBJECTIVITYFact vs. Opinion
    2. 2. Objective Not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: an objective opinion. 1 Based on the senses - can be heard, smelled, tasted, touched or seen
    3. 3. “…in the photographic camera wehave the most reliable aid to abeginning of objective vision. Everyone will be compelled to seethat which is optically true, isexplicable in its own terms, isobjective, before he can arrive at anypossible subjective position.” 3  Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Painting, Photography, Film, 1925, reprinted 1969, quoted in Charles Traub, The
    4. 4. Objective TraitsThe objective traits of this picture include the elementsof art – shape, line, color, etc. They also include thelocation the photo was taken, as well as the objectswithin the photograph.
    5. 5. Analyzing a Photo Objectively Subject (people, objects, gender, age, clothing, facial expressions, posture) Setting (indoor/outdoor, urban/rural, time of day, time of year, background – objects) Action (What activity/event is shown? What are people doing? Are they working in groups or alone ? Relationship to each other?) Other Clues (What other details do you see in the photo? Examples: tools, vehicles, animals, buildings, signs. Is it a candid or posed photo?) Is there a title? What information does it give you? Is there a caption? What information does it give you? What are the elements of art and principles of
    6. 6. Subjective Existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought 2 Ideas, thoughts, opinions
    7. 7. “In photography you can never expressyourself directly, only through optics,the physical and chemical processes.  Itis this sort of submission to the objectand abnegation of yourself that isexactly what pleases me aboutphotography.  What is extraordinary isthat, despite this submission andabnegation, the personality of thephotographer shines through all theobstacles. In the end, images convey Brassai, quoted in Paul Hill and Thomas Cooper, Dialogue with Photography, New York: Aperture,
    8. 8. How do you make a picture Three ways:
    9. 9. How do you make a picture Three ways:  The photographer’s intentions when composing and printing the photograph.
    10. 10. How do you make a picture Three ways:  The photographer’s intentions when composing and printing the photograph.  Your own thoughts and opinions about the photograph
    11. 11. How do you make a picture Three ways:  The photographer’s intentions when composing and printing the photograph.  Your own thoughts and opinions about the photograph  Reading what someone else thinks about the photograph
    12. 12. Subjective QuestionsSubjective traits of this photo include thecomposition, the feeling it evokes, theintentions of the photographer and the
    13. 13. Analyzing a Photo What conclusions can you draw from the people or objects in this photo/ illustration? What might the artist have wanted to communicate with this image? How would you describe the mood of this image How does the artist communicate that mood?
    14. 14.  Tobacco Harvesting, Valle de Viñales (Cuba 2002) Manuel
    15. 15. References 1 – dictionary.com 2 – dictionary.com 3 - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Painting, Photography, Film, 1925, reprinted 1969, quoted in Charles Traub, The New Vision, p. 28. 4 - Brassai, quoted in Paul Hill and Thomas Cooper, Dialogue with Photography, New York: Aperture, 1982, pp. 40-41. 5 - http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/21stcent/lmpersuasion.html

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