Posts tagged ‘Photography’

March 23rd, 2011

Death and Discovery: The Work of Vivian Maier

Men Must Change or Die

This is bit out of our time period, but if you bear with me for a few paragraphs, I think you will find it relevant to our study of how the effects of American economics are represented culturally through visual form.

The photographs on this blog are from one, Vivian Maier, a nanny who spent most of her free time chronicling the streets of Chicago.  They span from the 1950s to the 1960s, and are mainly confined to cityscapes of the Windy City, although several prints from Ms Maier’s travels are included in the collection.  What is interesting about her work is its pressing concern in depicting the reality of daily life against the certitudes of financial hardship.  There is such inherent humanity and dignity about her subjects, that even the bleakest of environs is helpless to erase the voiceless captions.  “I’m here.”  “I’m real.”  “I live this every day.”

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August 12th, 2010

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

#10 Drinking on the job! // #70 Serious work, serious times. // #68 Lessons

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – Plog Photo Blog.

It’s a rainy Thursday here, perfect weather to share this wonderful photo blog. These pictures, spanning from 1939 to 1943, were compiled by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. Offering a glimpse into the lives of rural Americans, they are unique not only for the fact that they’re in color, but because they represent a subset of photography long since past.

Any photographer, amateur or professional, will appreciate the care taken to tell the stories of these people. Today, we live in an age where you can pick up a digital SLR, shoot hundreds of frames in a matter of minutes, and delete them twice as fast. The result is that you lose the ability to think critically, not just about your composition, but about your subject matter. Everything becomes expendable.

Trust me, there aren’t enough filters in Photoshop to re-create what you see here.

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