For this exercise, I had to answer the question “what does the phenomenon of the selfie tell us about how photography is popularly used nowadays?”.
This exercise, asked me to “create your own photographic response to an internet meme”. I decided to look at parenting memes.
This exercise required me to read Michel Foucault’s 1977 essay on the theory of ‘panopticism’.
The first exercise for part four of the course was to consider the “creation of false or alternative identities online”. To address this issue, I decided to look at the work of one photographer, Robbie Copper, or more specifically, his 2007 photobook Alter Ego; Avatars and their Creators.
Richard Mosse’s Infra and Enclave projects, are beautiful examples of post-photojournalism.
This exercise considers the role of the “citizen journalist”. Specifically, the actions of a freelance photographer, who photographed a man just before he was hit by a subway train in the USA in 2012.
For this exercise, I had to find a recent photograph in the public domain, that I consider to be controversial.
Fred Ritchin’s essay about Hyperphotography addresses the issue of “cubistically unmasking photo opportunities”.
This exercise required me to “produce a piece of work that either explores the family album and its iconography or reflects on representations of the self in digital culture”. I chose the option of producing a series of six photographs “which reference the family album in some way”.
For this exercise I was asked to “write 500 words…on a piece of work by one contemporary artist-photographer who uses the archive as source material”.
The artist-photographer that I chose was Corinne Vionnet and her series Photo Opportunities.