Intimacy Family Personal Knowledge Permission Access Representation Negotiation Power Authority Performance Privacy Collaboration
We will consider depictions of intimacy within photographic practice, starting with seminal work by Nan Goldin, and then exploring contemporary practitioners whose work considers the personal, relationships, motherhood, familial bonds. We will consider the dichotomy of the insider/outsider with regards to relationships and an intimate bond, and the use of the snapshot, vernacular strategies, performance, and compare this to tableau, dead pan and conceptual strategies.
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A ‘Familial’ Portrait
Your task is to create an image or series of images of someone you know well, either a family member, partner or close friend. The image needs to explore the space in the personal relationship, and reflect the bond you share.
Consider how this could be visually illustrated? Experimentation is encouraged. What medium are you going to use? Colour? Black and White? What format are you going to use? Do you need to make more than one image? Whose image is it? How did you negotiate the story with the participant?
Nan Golding (1986) The Ballard of Sexual Dependency
Larry Sultan: (1982-91) Pictures from home
Richard Billingham: (1994) Rays a Laugh
Tina Barney: (1983-87) Theatre of manners
Sian Davey: (2015) Looking for Alice
Elinor Carucci: (2004) Mother
Marta Kochanek: (2012) We Love We make We Exist
Leigh Ledare (2008) Pretend You’re Actually Alive
Sally Mann: (2010) Proud Flesh
Chino Otsuka: (various) Imagine Finding Me
Sunil Gupta: (1986) Exiles
Steve McQueen: (1993) Bear
Hanna Persut: (2013) Switheroo
Rineke Dijikstra: (1994) Afterbirth
Bettina Von Zwehl: (1998) Untitled
Megan Jacobs: (2017) Hidden Mothers
Cotton. C (2009) The Photograph as Contemporary Art
Bright, S. (2013) Hometruths. Photography and Motherhood
Family Politics (2015) Photoworks: Photography, Art & Visual Culture. Issue 20
Holland, P. Spence, J. (1992) Family Snaps: The meaning of Domestic Photography.
Rose, G. (2012) Doing Family Photography: The Domestic, the Public and the Politics of Sentiment. Ahsgate.