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.



A ‘Familial’ Portrait

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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?

Artists Discussed

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


Further Reading

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.


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