Monday, May 18, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Edward Weston Questions

1) He received his first camera when he was 16 years old and was met with great success, his photos being shown at the Chicago Art Institute a year later. He attended the Illinois College of Photography. He was written about for his unconventional methods of portraiture. In 1922, he made the shift from pictorialism (which was popular at the time) to straight photography, when he helped to co-found the Group f/64.

2) He was called the "pioneer of sharp and precise presentation". When he made the shift to straight photography, his works mostly included nudes, still life, and landscape studies.

3) See above.

Ansel Adams Questions

1) Ansel Adams started out wanting to be a musician but quit to become a photographer when he was in college. His love of nature came from his admiration of the Golden Gate. He began to work with Yosemite Valley caretakers; who launched his career by publishing his works in their bulletins. He met Albert M. Bender, whom helped produce Ansel's first portfolio. After meeting and becoming close friends with Edward Weston, Ansel hosted his first one man museum show.

2) He began taking photographs with much depth and high tonal quality when he started out. His photo Monolith is a great example of that style. When he helped to form the Group f/64, they focused on "pure or straight photography", rather than the style that Adams had begun with.

3) See above.

Andy Warhol Questions

1) To produce his silkscreens, Warhol made photographs or had them made by his friends and assistants. These pictures were mostly taken with a specific model of Polaroid camera that Polaroid kept in production especially for Warhol. This photographic approach to painting and his snapshot method of taking pictures has had a great effect on artistic photography. Warhol was an accomplished photographer, and took an enormous amount of photographs of Factory visitors, friends

2) Marilyn Monroe, Troy Donahue, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Diana Ross, Mao Zedong and Michael Jackson.

3) See above.

Friday, May 8, 2009