Archive for the ‘People’ category

Terry Richardson- Obama and Batman & Robin

March 11, 2010

Terry Richardson is one of my favourite photographers. I first stumbles across him when Lee Jeans commissioned him to shoot a controversial billboard.

A quick google, and I discovered that he’s the man behind some awesome celebrity portraits that demystify and humanise his subjects. The shot of Obama is a perfect example- the enormous broad grin (in other shots Obama’s tie is loosened and he gives the camera a big thumbs up) and informality if the image add a lot of fun. Terry Richardson isn’t a charismatic looking guy, but he really must be to get the responses he does from his subjects.

I love the subversiveness of the Batman and Robin image- it’s so obvious, but the humour is undeniable- I like photography’s power to confront and challenge & I think Richardson does this in a very playful, cheeky way.


Candy Cigarette- Sally Mann

March 11, 2010

I don’t remember the first time I encountered this photo by Sally Mann but I do remember being confronted by it. I understand it’s a shot of her daughter from a book entitled Immediate Family.

I think it’s confronting because it forces me to think about transition and my own experience of this. Mann’s daughter poses with a confectionery cigarette, adopting a highly adult stance. Her expression is sullen and her right arm guards her body. I always wonder about the authenticity of shots like this, that exude such mood- was Mann following her children around with a camera, or was this shot highly directed?

Visually, the tones of the image really appeal to me and although the subject of the shot is centred, the figures on the chair and to the right of the frame disrupt the symmetry. The shot appears candid and I like the thought that I’m privy to a moment in time.

It’s a beautiful image and I admire Mann’s bravery as a photographer and a parent.

Gone – Zhang Jingna

March 10, 2010

So I’ve recently joined deviantArt and one of the artists I am following isĀ  a 21 year old Chinese photographer named Zhang Jingna. She has shot for Mercedes Benz, Ogilvy and Mather and Harper’s Bazaar. Not only this but she won a bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Respect!

I’m sure I will post more of her wonderful images, but I wanted to start with this one because it’s a beautifully striking portrait. The image makes me think of Cosette from Le Miserable. I think the thing that engages me most is the expression- it’s vacant at first glance, but it’s so intense that you know there has to be more. The models eyes are hooded and her mouth betrays no emotion.