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Reading photographs analysis

  1. 1. Reading Photographs Task 2 Shania Carter
  2. 2. Photojournalism For this particular task I have chosen to look at photojournalism in war and sport. (War – past, sport – present). I will be looking at the way their photographs are/were taken and the use of natural or artificial lighting. I have chosen to look at War as my past photographs because of the way War was highlighted and because it was a important story that everyone wanted to know about, this is the same in modern day with sporting events. I have chosen to look at these two photographers: Garda Taro- the first female war photographer. Vladimir Rys – Sports Photographer.
  3. 3. Garda Taro Garda Taro was born on August 1st 1910 and died at the age of 26 26th July 1937. Garda was considered as the first female photojournalist but died whilst doing her job. Garda was born into a Jewish family and attended a Swiss boarding school. In 1929 her family had to move just before the Nazi German war. Taro was against the Nazi parties, she was arrested and detained in 1933, which led to her family leaving the countries in different directions, Taro never saw her family again. Escaping Germany, Garda moved to Paris where she met another photojournalist and became his personal assistant (1935). The two decided to work together and changed their names (previously Gerta Pohorylle), covering the power of France during the 30’s. Garda travelled to Barcelona in the year of 1936 to cover the break out of the Spanish Civil War, her most celebrated photographs were in 1937 covering the single bombing of Valencia. Taro refused international press as this time and her photographs were the only testament to the true situation. Discussing, Garda’s death – in 1937 she travelled with the Republican Army during the Battle of Brunete, Garda then got into the car that was carrying the wounded soldiers when a tank collided. Garda died the following morning in hospital with critical injuries. Although her photographs were not international, her most celebrated and well known photographs are from the time period of 1937.
  4. 4. Vladimir Rys Vladimir Rys is a 38 year old photographer born in Prague, July 20th 1978. His grandfather used to be a famous photographer and Vladimir started taking after his granddad at the age of 15. Using the streets of Prague and his parents house to develop his photograph skills. He has won numerous awards and started working as a freelance photographer in 2011. Vladimir’s career: • 1996-98- Czech Daily Sports paper. • 98-2002 – ‘Hatrick’ (monthly sporting magazine in the Czech Republic). • 2002-04- Bongarts Sportfotografie (Germany). • 2004-10- Photographer for Getty Images. • 11-present – Freelance. 2010 Kicker Sports Photo of the Year 2010 "Photographer of the Year" 1. Prize Sports Picture of the Year 2. Prize in category Football 3. Prize in category Portfolio Czech Press Photo 2010 3. Prize in category Sports 2008 Kicker Sports Picture of the Year 2008 3. Place in a category Sports Portfolio "Formula One Photographer of the Year 2008" by Red Bulletin magazine (UK) 2006 Czech Press Photo 2006 3. Prize in category Sports "Nikon Prize" for the best picture in sports Kicker Sports Picture of the Year 2006 1. Prize in a category Olympic Games (Torino 2006) Vladimir has also had a string of awards whilst working as a photographer, here they are as follows. 2004 Vladimir has covered the vast majority of sports including, F1, Beijing Olympics, Skiing, German soccer and so on. His most famous work is photographing German F1 Driver, Sebastian Vettel and Spanish driver Fernando Alonso. Kicker Sports Picture of the Year 2004 1. Prize in category Sports General 3. Prize in category Olympic Games (Athens 2004) 2002 Sports Photographer of the Year finalist (CZE) Story of the Wimbledon 2002 2001 Czech Press Photo 2001 2. Prize in category Sport Stories 3. Prize in category Sport Stories "Nikon Prize" for the best picture in sports 2000 100 Sport Photos of the Year (CZE) "Photographer of the Year" 1999 Czech Press Photo 1999 3. Prize in category Sport Singles 1998 100 Sport Pictures of the Year (CZE) Nikon Prize
  5. 5. No abstract elementsno specific colours as the photograph is in black and white. Natural light used in this photograph as the picture is taken in the day time. Content – the subject of children clearing up what would have been their house or area. Garda Taro Cannot see the facial expressions of the young boys therefore this does not apply. Not a high key image as Intention – Garda took the Garda is not photograph to show the promoting vulnerability of the children at positivity. this time. Subject- the main object of the photograph is the rubble in the background. Representational – Recognisable objects within the photograph are bricks. Landscape- showing the natural environment of what once was housing. The young boy on the left is the clear focus within this photograph as his hat provides a sharp look. In this particular photograph- looking from the outside there is a faint organic tree shape. Limitation within the photograph is that there are is no balance or symmetrical points. Theme – War. Documentary- Garda spent her time taking photographs of different people within the event of the Spanish Civil War. No geometric shapes within this photograph. Garda has not used any portrait shots within her photographs. Monochrome photograph – would not have colour filters during war time. Soft Lighting- low key photograph. The walls and the stone that the boys are sat on structure the photograph. The biggest amount of rubble is in the background of the photograph. Vantage point taken straight – no exaggerated high or low points. Lightest value of the photograph is the background. Busy photographrubble in the background and children as the main focus. Space within the photograph – lots of depth within the background. Garda’s photographs from this period are candid as the photographs are taken when the people are unaware. No posed photographs. The setting of the photograph looks to be in a bombed house/room. The rooms have been knocked down so the setting is outside. Lacking any set positions that the photograph has been taken. Could be taken from the right hand side as the majority of the child on the left is shown. The natural light is been seen in the photograph however there is a contrast in light as the young children are enclosed in the walls.
  6. 6. Content- An official and possibly two villagers talking. (information) Setting of the photograph- on a field where the battle would happen. Intention – to provide knowledge of control from officers at this time. Limited grey tones or actual light. No balance within the photograph i.e. no symmetry. Theme of war. The main objects are the soldiers themselves and the clothes that they are wearing. No heavy composition to structure the image. Landscapeshowing the surroundings of a field in the photograph, where battles would normally take place. No need for a vantage point in this photograph. Recording an event and a place within a documentary photograph – battle. There are no organic shapes as such Low key lightinghowever there are keeping the mood trees and bushes low. surrounding. Garda has captured the leading officer as looking concerned hence the expression. Limited- no portraiture, showing the full uniform. Candid photograph as the three front men are unaware on the camera however some men in the background have noticed Garda taking the photograph. Once again, the photographer has used the ambient light to capture the photograph. Monochrome photograph – using black and white. Fairly passive photograph as there is not much visual wording. This photograph has a dynamic dark light even if taken in natural light.
  7. 7. Low Key photograph – not promoting a positive, bright image. Intention- showing the number of troops walking into battle. The photograph goes from a dark dynamic to a light one as the dust changes the picture. High level of a grey tone because the photograph is monochrome. Carrying on the theme of war. The main object of this photograph are the supplies that the army are carrying. No block colours. Landscapeshowing the field and or the wind being blown, blurring out the people at the back of the march. Documentaryshowing the troops during their march, journey could have taken days? The light within this photograph is definitely not artificial and has yet again been taken in the ambient light. Mostly monochrome photographs in this time period and in documentary style. No clear expression on anyone in this photograph however, the leading officer looks very concentrated. Candid photograph of the troops as they are walkingconcentrated on where they want to get too. No mound to a proper composition/str ucture. Busy photographlots of people to look at. Setting- probably another field when crossing to the battle. Lots of dust. No vantage point or background within the photograph – limited.
  8. 8. No abstract lines or colors – more specific objects. Vladimir Rys Intention – to show the focus and concentration mid race or after the race. Theme – sports photography. No actual landscape within the photograph, inte nded to be done. Not a documentary photo, photogr aph been taken in the moment Portraiture photograph – showing head and shoulders. Candid photograph – knows that photographers will be there but is in his moment. Soft lighting on Ambient lighting. the photograph, refle Low key lighting, not bring heavy coloring. cting his personality? Used to blur out the background to focus on the sports star. Context- used in racing magazines and on websites to showcase work.
  9. 9. Used a long lens to capture this photograph as the person is in the pool and the photographer cannot get in the pool. Environment photographshowing a person at an event. Expressive form of photographyfocusing on the face Bright colours – eye catching. Texture of the photograph is the water. Could be classed as a portraiture as the shot is within the head and shoulders range. The main object of this photograph is to show a clear reaction of the swimmer after his race – instant thoughts without speaking. Candid photograph, the swimmer – Craig Stephens. The photographer has taken a candid view on his expression. No adjustments made to this photograph – sports journalism reflects the actual truth within a moment of time. Using the natural light available i.e. in the grounds of the swimming pool. Composition/settingin the Olympic park swimming pools. The intention of this photograph is to show the viewers the reactions of those competing in the games (Athens) No vantage points, not taken from any special angle. The theme for this image is sport. Passive image, not a lot of visual information within the photograph i.e. doesn’t unravel a clear story. Contexts- used in magazines for one particular magazine or internationally for newspapers. This image was taken when Vladimir Rys worked for Getty Images. The central focus within this photograph is the swimmer. High key photograph- bright colours, suggesting a positive atmosphere for some.
  10. 10. Theme – sport. Getty images. Only geometric shapes. No texture in the photograph. Candid photograph, in the moment of time. Recognisable objects: football, goal posts, sponsor boards. Geometric shapes, the circular ball. The focus within the photograph, is the Barcelona football player. Intention of the photograph is to show the moment in time when the Barcelona player is scoring a goal. Natural light – floodlights within the stadium. Landscape photography – showing the crowds and the other players on the pitch. High key photographbright colours on the football kit. No flowing lines within the photograph. Environment image – showing the people and the event i.e. the football match. Expressive photograph, sho wing the reaction of the Barcelona player and the way he shoots. Busy photograph – lots of individuals to look at and study. Setting – at the Camp Nou in Barcelona where the match is being played. Low vantage point, tricky angle to get so many players into the photograph.