The Shape Shifter

This week the learning material was based around three case studies -Szarkowski (1966), Shore (1998), and Squires (2014); critically examining contextual characteristics of photography.

I found myself at odds with Szarkowsi’s approach, most notably in his theory that the photographer’s job was a factual one, and that narrative in photography had never been successful.  One of the key concepts of my work is its ability to suggest rather than inform, so I find Szarkowsi’s view dated, which is hardly surprising given that it was written several decades before the digital and smart phone age, which has allowed any image to be easily transformed into another.  More in keeping with my own philosophy is Soth (in Schuman, 2004), who stated that the best photographs instead of satisfying curiosity, inspire it.