What makes a photograph artistic?
Barthes suggested that the photographer should have an intention to capture some meaning when he asked ‘of all the objects in the world: why choose (why photograph) this object, this moment, rather than some other?’ (Barthes, 2000:6) . Continue reading “Books: Camera Lucida”
Visual Methodologies by G. Rose has individual chapters to explore different methodologies for interpreting visual media.
Rose asserts in the introduction that “We’re often told that we now live in a world where…what we see is as important, if not more so, than what we hear or read. So-called ‘visual illiteracy’ is berated…” Rose paraphrases Stuart Hall to say that ‘it is important to justify your interpretation’ of images as there no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. It is this skill of interpretation that I still feel I am only just beginning to develop. Continue reading “Books: Visual Methodologies”
Continuing on the theme of text in art I picked up Selby’s Art and Text. Continue reading “Books: Art and Text”
This book is not so much a guide to reading contemporary art in general but provides a large cross section of contemporary artists’ work with analysis. Inspired by the task on Mixed Messages I decided to focus on works which include text in some way. Continue reading “Books: How to Read Contemporary Art”
This book would be a very useful handbook for a would be graphic designer as much of it discusses conversations and managing relationships with clients. Continue reading “Book: The Graphic Communication Handbook”
This book was a useful reference to introduce a selection of graphic designers as I am not familiar with many. Continue reading “Book: Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers”
This book is a fascinating insight into how a working artist goes about producing art over a decade. Continue reading “Book: A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney”