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Final Piece and development of Ideas

Ideas for the narrative for the final piece

I went to the exhibition with an idea of what I wanted to photograph. While I was attending the exhibition I had to be flexible and look for other opportunities to try develop and adapt some further ideas so that I had more choice of material to present as my final piece.

I used a digital SLR camera to shoot the photographs in colour. I used only available lighting, no flash or studio lights.

First idea.

The setting up of the exhibition space, taking shots from a single place, to show people coming and going, setting up their work. The room how it changes as more exhibits are displayed, the art appearing on the wall, the installations being built. The hope to have a sequence of still photographs that would build in the same way as time-lapse photography.

Second idea

I took many shots of an installation being assembled and developed. The idea for this again was a series of photographs that would create a photo-diary or time sequence of photographs that follows the creation and development of the installation. The people involved in creating their art displays.

Third idea

To take photographs of elements of the exhibition from unusual angles, to try and give an alternative story from the traditional documentary approach. To present a collection of images that are centered on the exhibition that tell a story of the art works themselves, how they are constructed.

Don McCullin

Donald McCullin is a British photographer born in 1935. He is most known for his photojournalism in war photography. In 1977 he joined the Royal Photographic society, during that time the society awarded him a medal and a fellow honour ship for the Society’s 150th anniversary  in 2003.

Between 1966 and 1984, McCullin worked for The Sunday Times Magazine. McCullin’s assignments included Biafra, the Belgian Congo, the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, Bangladesh and the Lebanese civil war. It is his photographs of Vietnam and Cambodia that have become among the most famous and well-recognised.


Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American photographer born in 1950. he has worked in photojournalism and editorial. He is best known for his 1984 photograph “Afghan Girl” which originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. McCurry is a member of Magnum Photos. he has been awarded the world press photo award for general news.

McCurry not only takes portraits, but also the people living their lives, going about their daily living.







Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer born 1912, died 1994.  In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism.
Vitrine londonienne
The photograph shows a man in the water with a double base floating next to him.  The story has elements of curiosity, why is the man smiling back at the photograph, more curious is why is the man has a musical instruement floating next to him.  The viewer can invent many reasons why this might have happened.
Le Plongeur du Pont d’Iena . Paris. 1945
In the photograph you can see a man jumping into space. The viewer does not know why they are jumping, or if it’s safe. You assume they are jumping in to the water and the landing will be safe into deep water.  The story tells a s tory and lets the viewer decide on the possible outcome.
Web sites with biography and many examples of his work.