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Experimental photographers research


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Experimental photographers research

  1. 1. Experimental Photographers
  2. 2. Tierney Gearon Tierney Gearon was born in Atlanta, GA, and is a contemporary photographer who is based in Los Angeles. She acquired images of her family on various trips around the world, where she was then discovered by Charles Saatchi. Her images became an overnight sensation when the images of her kids suffered public scrutiny. Her other work also gives the viewer and intimate look into her relationship with her mentally ill mother. They capture the raw intensity but also her free spirit. Her work titled “EXPLOSURE” she pushes herself and uses double exposure to produce amazing narratives. Her projects acted as personal journals for her and her family, following the birth of her two children and the breakup of her marriage. Her exposure work was created manually, inside the camera, and each image has been carefully composed by combining two images that act as counterparts to each other.
  3. 3. Melinda Gibson Melinda was born in the UK and studied photography at the London College of Communication. From 2006 onwards, she assisted various photographers including Martin Parr and Wolfgang Tillmans. During this time she also continued to develop her own photographic practice. Her well-known work, titled “The Photograph as Contemporary Art” analyses the educational text by Charlotte Cotton. Each of Melinda’s images for this project contain a trio of images taken from the book. It shows various images made into one as Melinda literally cut pieces out and stuck them together to create pieces that are both playful and haunting, sparking questions in our minds. The audience begins to question our educational system, copyright and licensing, and also their own participation into such work. Gibson said that by slicing, cutting, and decontextualising these images she gained a greater appreciation of the other photographer’s work. She claimed to then understand why the images were created and how they were created.
  4. 4. Clarence John Laughlin Laughlin was an American photographer who was best known for his surreal photographs taken of the Southern U.S. In his work Lost New Orleans, which began in 1937, Clarence attempted to capture the authenticity of the old buildings in New Orleans. The buildings in this imagery were not renovated or modernised for the tourist trade, instead they were “lost” in time. He approached these building as if they were poetic documents, and shunned narrow viewpoints of their history and architecture. I think that these images are quite ghostly and eerie. I may think this because these are much older to me than they were to Clarence when he photographed them, but the destruction and order comparison is very interesting. The shadowy figure in the top right image makes it look more mysterious, and the two bottom images show the impact of destruction and gives you an interesting perspective of the chaos shown in the photograph.