Monthly Archives: September 2012

Student Presentation Responses

Of all of the student presentations that were given out in class, the two that stood out to me were Berangere’s and Nora’s. 


First off, I enjoyed Berangere’s presentation for a number of reasons. Her set photography was great; I loved how she shot in 35mm black and white. I haven’t’ seen any set photography done in film in a while, and it almost felt like I was on the set of a 60’s or 70’s film.

I also loved the photographer she chose to highlight as inspiration, Josef Hoflehner. I have always been a fan of high contrast black and white, and his striking compositions portrayed iconic landscapes in a very interesting light. 

The photographer that Berangere disliked was “interesting”. I found his work borderline cheesy and almost fake. However, at the same time, I almost feel like the photographer (Gary Tyson) was catering to a completely different clientele. His work seemed much more commercial, and although I wasn’t a fan of his work either, I wouldn’t necessarily call him a “bad photographer”. 

Nora’s presentation also stood out for me. I particularly loved the environmental portraits of her friends in their respective bedrooms and workplaces. Although they were obviously posed, her subjects also seemed extremely casual and comfortable. 

I also really enjoyed how Nora chose Piet Mondrian as a source of inspiration. Mondrian is also a huge inspiration of mine, and although he isn’t a photographer, I still feel like I truly connect with his work. I find it fascinating how different mediums of art are so connected, and how they can overlap and influence one another. 


Bergamot Station

My favorite exhibit at Bergamot Station was the collection of Music/Rock and Roll photography. One of my favorite photographers in the exhibit was Mark Seliger, who captured dramatic portraits of iconic musicians like Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, and Willie Nelson in large format film. I was particularly drawn to the detail in the prints, as well as the dynamic level of tones. 

My favorite print was Don Hunstein’s photograph of Bob Dyland and Suze, New York 1960. The photo perfectly captures the moment; Dyland and Suze briskly walking through the New York winter air, with cars from the sixties on either side of the couple. Hunstein shoots from below, and it looks like Bob and Suze don’t even see him as they’re approaching closely.