Because our understanding of photographs and photography feeds into the way we make them, it is important to build our knowledge with critical techniques. This lecture looks at some of the key methods for explaining photographs.
- In “Photography: a critical introduction” (ed. Liz Wells) there is a broad ranging interpretation of “Migrant Mother”, a photo by Dorothea Lange, which covers not only the visual subject but also the circumstances of its making, the historic context (1930’s Depression) and the subjects later reaction to it. Routledge, 2000.
- Roland Barthes, “Camera Lucida”, 1981.
- John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk