Sprouting potatoes growing up a frame–below –caused amusement , not only to myself and hubby , but to the two ladies and gent seen in the picture.
After They Got the Right to Arms. Fourteen young men posing with guns’
The images of young men posing with guns were thought provoking , especially striking was the one below. What was such a young boy doing with a gun? The answer is not straight forward as the photographs were studio based portraitures and that Zaatari’s work involves re-using found images such as these . His work questions what can be understood from these re-worked documents , and how truth and history can therefore be misunderstood. An interesting and important concept worth considering , what impact does this have on the documentary value of such images? .
The highlight for me was to see some of Richard Avedon’s work , I admire his portraiture immensely. The highly detailed large scale print from the series In the American West was wonderful. Avedon spent around 6 years taking portraits of drifters , cowboys , and the disadvantaged he encountered on his journey. Using a white background his subjects are isolated from their surroundings , the intensity of his subjects gaze makes it impossible to look away. Documentary portraiture like this interests me immensely , I have a personal preference for using a plain background , I would love to have such characters pose for me !