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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 5

Following on from my earlier posts, here are the comments and my responses on issues raised by Module 5, which looked at ambiguity and veracity in photography. TB:  I think you sum up the ambiguity/veracity debate precisely in simply one … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 4 – Art and Photography Quiz

As part  of module 4 we set the class a challenge to look at the examples of work by 30 living photographers/artists using photography and decide whether they considered them to be ‘art’,  ‘not art’ or ‘don’t know’.   The  thirty … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 4

Following on from my post on 29th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 4, which looked at art and photography. CA:  I checked websites, hoping my attitude to some of the photographs … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 3

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Following on from my post on 15th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 3, which looked at image and identity in photography KB: The Arnold Newman photo of Stravinsky (below) really struck … Continue reading

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 2

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Following on from my post on 9th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 2, which looked at photography a means of engagement with society GM: I was glad to see that some … Continue reading

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 1

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In autumn 2019 Jane Lynas and I ran a course, Photography: The Telling Image, for the Cambridge U3A, see post 13th December 2019.  We are repeating it this year, though as a series of five on-line modules. The course looks … Continue reading

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Photography in three words

One of the people on my U3AC course ‘Photography: The Telling Image’ has been struggling to know what to photograph during these constrained times – his main interest is around live music events.  I can understand how he feels, though … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2020 Challenge #6

Twelve participants contributed 32 images in response to Tim Ewbank’s challenge to take photographs in two categories, close-up and book titles.  The 18 close ups included 12 diverse subjects, from seeds to a camera and spiders to calligraphy, with some … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #4

Sixteen participants contributed 43 images in response to Tim Ewbank’s challenge to photograph something beginning with ‘T’.  T’s came as nouns and adjectives, concrete and abstract, from trees, tea sets and the Thames to threats, time and translucence.  Eric Smith … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #3

Thirteen participants contributed 40 images in response to Tim’s third challenge.  The four subjects set and number of contributions were: old and new (8); the ‘they’ cave (6); household objects (5) and a splash of colour (21).   We Zoomed … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #2

Seventeen participants contributed 56 images in response to Tim’s second challenge.  The four subjects set and number of contributions were: in the garden (17); shape & texture (14); collections (12); light & dark (12); plus one outside the categories.    … Continue reading

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The Telling Image

Since photographs became a possibility in the 1830s we have become surrounded by them, never more so than in our digital age. How have we got here? How do we understand and react to the images we see? J and … Continue reading

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Ralph Gibson

I’ve spent time recently researching photographers to include in my ‘Telling Image’ classes at the Cambridge U3A.  At the back of my mind has been a strong, simple graphic image of the edge of a wall that I might have … Continue reading

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U3AC Summer School 2018: A (Partial) History of Photography in 50 pictures

I ran my one hour session on the history of photography for the U3AC Summer School today.  As the title above says, it was partial in being only part of the story and my personal take on the subject.  It … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 23: Review

Today the Forum reviewed how 2018-19 had gone, the successes and the scope for improvement.   It can be summarised under process, content and personal benefits. Positive aspects of the process included: being clear that it was a Forum (not a … Continue reading

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