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18-03-11, 01:03 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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This week I popped in to the Quad at Derby to look at the Format 'street photography' exhibition being held there. In my opinion ... (*takes a deep breath) .. it was mostly poorly executed uninteresting snap shots mascarading as photography. In my opinion of course.
What makes me say this? Well, one or two of the photographers had produced some really clever and engaging work but many of the others had simply produced 'snap' shots tied losely together by some supposed 'theme'.
For example; a 'panel' of 10 pictures or so held prominent place on one wall; the first picture I looked at was of a man bending down to pick up some litter next to a waste bin in some city precinct. The one next to it was of a women with a plastic bottle in her hand next to (you guessed it) a waste bin in a shopping mall or some-such place. And so this went on with all the pictures in this series shot at a distance featuring unremarkable people in unremarkable locations. If the photographer had set out to portrait life as 'unremarkable and repetitive' then they succeeded.
Or am I missing something?
I quite liked most of the still photographs at format but got a bit confused with some of the videos - like one where it was just people walking up and down a dirt track, not doing anything particularly interesting. I think there is a big difference between work shown at fesitivals and exhibitions and work shown in photo magazines unless you subcribe to Aperture, hot shoe or British journal of photography. I was talking to a guy yesterday when I was photographing on a demolition site who looked like a pro. He had 2-3 cameras with him and seemed to know what he was doing. We got chatting and I asked him who were his favourite photographers and influences and he didn't name a single one.
Dare I say there are two photography camps?
One being people who love their photography and go out regularly, take some shots and subscribe to a photo magazine and learn new techniques etc... But maybe they don't look at contemporary photography.
Two being people who also love photography but also look at the work of others, attend festivals often and maybe try to do more than just take a snap shot or technically perfect photograph?
I am not saying any one group is better than the other, but maybe one is more art-orientated than the other.
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