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Five Facets of Photography – Ideas that Changed Photography: Straight Photography

In the early years of the 20th Century it was increasingly realised that photography would not be taken seriously if it simply aped painting.  Ironically, Alfred Stieglitz, a supporter of the pictorialist Photo Secession in the US, was midwife to … Continue reading

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Five Facets of Photography – Ideas that Changed Photography: Marketing/Advertising

Advertising in the 19th century relied mainly on the power of the description of the product’s excellence and occasional unconvincing illustrations.  Recognition of the value of pictures, the improved technology of reproduction and the growth in newspapers and magazines provided … Continue reading

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Five Facets of Photography – Ideas that Changed Photography: Tabloids

In 1903 Alfred Harmsworth started the first modern tabloid newspaper, The Daily Mirror, in London. Appealing to the mass market, it presented the now familiar mix of crime stories, human tragedies, celebrity gossip, sports, comics, and puzzles.  Photographs were an essential … Continue reading

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Women Reading

I’ve signed up for a six week U3A Cambridge course, Reading women: Questioning Image and Meaning(s), run by Britta Dwyer.  Britta describes the course as follows. Why are women readers so over represented in the visual arts given the limited … Continue reading

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On the Road Again – Darwin Fantasy

On the Road Again is an on-line course run by Simon Draper for the Cambridge U3A.  Simon set an end of course challenge to describe a fantasy journey with four companions, living or dead, in around 250 words.  This was … 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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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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