Basics Creative Photography 03: Behind the Image

Basics Creative Photography 03: Behind the Image : Research in Photography

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Encouraging students to research, reflect and debate, Behind the Image revolutionizes the way new projects are approached by looking at how successful photographers have produced meaningful canons of work.

The book's generous selection of images brings together an eclectic range of photographic styles and genres, creating a refreshing and inspiring resource for all. This book features a wide range of photographic contributions from students, amateurs and professionals, specifically edited to help students reflect on their own work in order to produce better images in the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 160 x 226 x 22mm | 539.77g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • AVA Publishing SA
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • English
  • 200 colour illus
  • 2940411662
  • 9782940411665
  • 238,911

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AVA Academia's Basics Creative Photography titles are designed to provide visual arts students with a theoretical and practical exploration of each of the fundamental topics within the discipline of creative photography. Packed with examples from students and professionals and fully illustrated with inspiring imagery, they offer an essential exploration of the subject.

Behind the Image is a lively exploration of photographic research. It guides you through a range of tools and ideas to help you fully engage with the research processes that underpin successful, meaningful photography. Using a range of contemporary and classic examples, Natasha Caruana and Anna Fox explain how reflection, evaluation and understanding can help you produce a dynamic body of work and bring a whole new dimension to the images you produce.

Featured topics: planning; A research proposal; Being informed; Developing ideas through research; Where to do background research; Archives; Practice as research; Studios; Street photography; Evaluation; Compiling your research; Keeping a workbook; Starting your own blog; Research and practice; Audience and context; Final production; The impact of research; Putting research into context.

Featured photographers/artists: Helen Sear; Steffi Klenz; Jeff Wall; Joachim Schmid; Stephen Bull; Grace Lau; Sally Verrall; Andrew Bruce; Jo Longhurst; Vivian Maier; Anthony Luvera; Melanie Manchot; John Davies; Dean Hollowood; Joy Gregory; Karen Knorr; Martha Rosler; Helen Goodin; Derek Ridgers; Wendy Pye; Clare Strand; Melanie Stidolph; Hashem el Madani; Harry Watts.
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Caruana and Fox have written an important and timely book. Broad in scope, with focused examples, this is an effective and engaging introduction to the convergences of practice and theory; spontaneity and systematic enquiry; critical engagement and creative exploration that research in photography involves. * Fergus Heron, Artist and Senior Lecturer in Photography, University of Brighton, UK * The book is an excellent way to teach students about the process of research in the creative field. * Elisabeth Strunk Effron, The Art Institute of Raleigh Durham, US * [Behind the Image] explains both the importance and how-to aspect of research - read this before you start your next project! * Arts Thread blog, March 2012 * Very useful for BA level students who need to learn how to develop a practice-based research in art and photography. * Paula Roush, London South Bank University, UK * At the end of each chapter is an activity page where the reader is given an assignment. Good fun and a great exercise for students, and perhaps even professional practitioners to help them sharpen their skills! Following the steps outlined will help many visual artists nurture the seed of an idea because the theme is to encourage research to frame, inform and focus the final images. This is definitely a work book for educators, students and all those practitioners involved in creating a body of work. A breath of fresh air is how I describe the intent and scope of this work book ... Knowledge is empowering; which is why a planned and methodical research into the medium and your subject material can be so powerful. If you are looking for guidance in establishing a research process for your next photographic project, then this book is for you. * Clive Waring, Silvershotz Magazine, 2012 * Discover ways to approach photographic theories and apply these practically. This title looks to help creative photographers understand, record and acknowledge research processes for more compelling imagery. It achieves this with advice more than strict instruction, offered over six chapters and managed through sub-headed sections. Real-world projects underline the value of this guidance, which includes a host of topics such as interactive forms of research, benefits of blogging, working with your own studio space, digital postproduction and so on. However, at 160 pages and considering how some details are explored concisely, this book becomes more a suitable companion for students and aspiring professionals, than a comprehensive resource for pros. The book provides condensed coverage of a variety of tools both new and old, ensuring readers of all abilities are catered for. Verdict: 7/10. Some sections are skimmed over, but most provide invaluable motivational sound bites that budding creatives will benefit from. * Advanced Photoshop magazine, March 2012 * The book follows a logical progression and while thorough is an enjoyable and accessible read. The chapters are bite sized and this allows you also to dip in and out of the book when you have a moment. It is not necessary to follow the book in a linear fashion as you can also dip into chapters as necessary. To summarise - this is a very useful and engaging book and one I wish I had had at undergraduate level. It can be followed in a linear fashion or you can dip into clearly identified sections as needs be. Great - I like it! -- Daniel Lee, New College Stamford, UK A wonderful resource for students that captures the essential components in researching photography. * Claire Sambrook, University of Portsmouth, UK * A useful book which will help students think through the process of creative practice as a form of ongoing research and reflection, with engaging examples that can be discussed in the classroom. * Tracy Piper-Wright, University of Chester, UK *
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About Natasha Caruana

Natasha Caruana is a practising artist, lecturer of photography and founding director of the London-based Studio Strike artists' studios. She graduated with an MA in photography at the Royal College of Art in 2008 and is currently a lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.

Anna Fox has worked in photography for thirty years. Her solo shows have been seen at The Photographer's Gallery, London, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and her work has been included in numerous international group shows, such as Through the Looking Glass and Documentary Dilemmas. She is professor of photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.
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Table of contents

Introduction: What is research in photography?

Planning: A research proposal; Being informed: History; Being informed: Practice; Being informed: Theory
Case study 1: Aberfan
Activity 1: Recording ideas

Developing ideas through research: Where to do background research?; The Internet; Archives; Other interactive forms of research; How research informs practice
Case study 2: Flora
Activity 2: An illustrated story

Practice as research: What to do and why; Studios; Street photography; Style, genre, medium and technique; Post production; Applying research to practice; Editing; Evaluation as part of the research process; Making judgements
Case study 3: Helen Goodin
Activity 3: Pioneers of photography

Compiling your research: Keeping a workbooks/sketchbook; Blogging; Storing your archive
Case study 4: Putting On
Activity 4: Start your own blog

Research and practice: Testing the relevance of what you are doing; Audience and context; Revisiting past research; Thinking time; Modifying a plan; Final production
Case study 5: Clare Strand
Activity 5: Context and meaning

The impact of research: The bigger picture: Reflection; Photographers' archives; Putting research into context
Case study 6: Hashem el Madani
Activity 6: Booklet

Bibliography and webography
Picture credits
Working with ethics
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