Thursday, February 5, 2009

Assignment 2

Other Photos:

Edward Burtynsky & Irving Penn :

What kind of Photographs do these photographers make?

Edward Burtynsky photographs mostly images of landscapes and photos taken in the industry. Examples include refineries, quarries and scrap piles. The basis of his photographs are usually taken at construction sites. He focuses more on nature and its surroundings rather than objects.

Irving Penn photographs simple objects and humans and turn these images into something interesting. He is known for taking photographs of still life and found objects.

What makes their photographs interesting?

Both of these photographers make their photos interesting because they concentrate on the tiny details within their images. Burtynsky focuses on the concrete details of the construction sites and all of the little details embedded in the environment. He photographs them in a way that makes the entire photo transform into something else. Penn on the other hand, uniquely concentrates on the different shapes and outlines of certain objects. He deeply concentrates on the placement of objects and/or people and the use of lighting. Using this technique provides clarity to his work.

Was there a specific concept or reason behind their photographs?

Edward Burtynsky's reason behind his photographs were because he was more interested in nature rather than the tiny details of just a simple object. He was more into the beauty of the environment. Most of Burtynsky's work indicates much complexity in the surrounding details. If you look in further detail at his work, you can really see why his images are different from just any other photo. He photographs them in a way where when you look at it, it doesn't just look like a regular quarry or ship yard but something else. Something that was not what was initially visualized in the mind.

Irving Penn photographs his subjects in a unique way. His reason behind his photographs was because he wanted people to focus on facial expressions and focus onto the person itself. That may explain why most of his photos were photographed in black and white. It may also explain why he always used a neutral backdrop for all of his photographs. This brought more drama into most of his work.

Post at least two links to web sites that helped you with your research.

Post two samples of each photographer’s work.

Edward Burtynsky :

Irving Penn :

1 comment:

  1. Research is well done although I'm not a fan of Wikipedia. Your every day objects album is fabulous. Keep it up! 4/5