This weeks student blog post is by Melanie Nunez. Lauren Greenfield was born in Boston, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Harvard University in 1987. She worked as a photojournalist based in Los Angeles. One of her exhibition, that took 25 years called “Generation Wealth” focuses on the concept of how consumerism/money impacts everyone especially the youth. When we were in ICP Museum I remember focusing on a image of a boy with a go go dancer. This photo taken place during the boy’s Bar Mitzvah, which is a religious ceremony of Jewish boy who has reached the age of 13. Due to his parents being rich they spent over millions of dollars on the event and even hired go-go dancers. Being born into money propels kids to grow up faster and be exposed to more things than someone without money. Most likely these kids are being forced to do certain things and don’t really have a choice of their own when young. Not only can anyone be famous today via social media but the idea of money has become more apart of our everyday lives. The title of Generation Wealth and many of the pictures could contribute to mislead thinking that this is a project about people who are wealthy. It is not. It is about how the aspiration for wealth has become even more of a priority. People who are wealthy don’t make a big deal of being wealthy while people who are not wealthy pretend to be wealthy. It is about how, although we have less social mobility now than we had in earlier generations, and an even greater concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, the American dream has not withered but grown, to out sized proportions and a less realistic goal to reach.
This weeks guest blog post is by Yolanda Hernandez Susan Meiselas is an American documentary photographer, she is best known for her war-torn Nicaragua and of American carnival strippers. Her works have been published in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Time, Time, GEO, Paris Match. These photographs were taken from 1972 to 1975 when Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing performers in small towns in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. She not only photographed their public performances but also their private lives. The women she met ranged in the ages seventeen to thirty-five. The performers were either runaways, girlfriends of carnies, club dancers, both transient and professional. What really caught my attention is that they don’t seem bothered that there’s someone photographing them, knowing that these photographs will go up on the internet. Most of these shots are off guard which makes it more real.
This is a photo by Bruce Gilden, a photographer well known for his candid photos. He just goes up to random people on the street and takes pictures of them. The best thing about his photo is the fact that the subjects aren’t prepared for it. This shows their true nature although in this photograph he pointed the flash from a worm’s eye view to make the person look aggressive or evil. Doing this helps give the viewer a sense of who the random people really are. Bruce Gilden is in the center of all debates that surround the topic, of whether it is allowed to take pictures of people without their permission. The answer is always “yes” it is allowed, as long as the subject is in a public place. Bruce Gilden, although controversial, is a very respected and talented photographer who likes to capture pictures of everyone when they least expect it.
Our Community Partnership with the High School of Fashion Industries wrapped up earlier this spring with a big celebration of our students’ hard work! Selected students from both the Photo I and Photo II classes spoke about their experiences with photography, and everyone enjoyed viewing the work installed in the the HSFI Principal’s Gallery.
All photo credits: Ruby Tull
This year our classes at HSFI had the pleasure of welcoming photographer Laurel Golio as a Guest Artist in both our Photo I and Photo II classes. Laurel shared her experience as a young photographer started out, and how she continues to balance personal and professional work in her life. We looked closely at her project with collaborator Diana Scholl called We Are the Youth, which is an ongoing photojournalism project that shares the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the United States. After Laurel presented her own work, she took time to view the students’ work and give feedback on their personal projects.
Below are responses from some of our students and images from the visit:
“I found Laurel’s visit very informative and inspirational because she took stories from her life and put them into her presentation to show us what inspires her to make her work.” – Taliyah
“I liked Laurel’s presentation because it was different and not cliché. I appreciated her activism and project, We Are the Youth.” -Lauryn
“During our critique, Laurel shared Sasha Arutyunova’s work with me. I was able to use her photography as inspiration for my Personal Vision project about the different perspectives of photographing dance.” -Kyara
“Laurel was very honest, open and invited us into her mind. She shared her process of balancing commercial and personal work and the realities of being a photographer. I appreciate how open she was about talking about her sexual orientation and life experiences.” -Andzelika
“It was really great she came to our class. I liked how she took pictures of people and told their stories. I like how she said it was okay to make mistakes and was honest about who she is and who she takes photographs of.” -Remy
All photo credits: Richard Burrowes, ICP Teaching Assistant
This week’s post from HSFI comes from Photo II student Nikisha Roberts:
One of my favorite photographers is Anthony M. Davis, who is a fine arts photographer. He takes photos of different things, from animals to places he’s traveled to. The photos colors are vivid and he uses many bright colors. His work has inspired me to travel more and discover beautiful moments that you can find anywhere and capture them in my photos. I have a similar style and admire the details in his photographs. My favorite set of photos for his work is “Plant Life”. The close ups of the flowers allows the viewers see how intricate a flower can be. –Nikisha Roberts
This week’s post from HSFI comes from Photo II student Shelby Disla:
In 2015, photographer DL Cade published an article on the website 500px ISO about the #PictureIt Contest. The contest was motivated to “create empowering photographs of women and continue toppling the stock photography stereotypes of women we all loathe.” To enter the contest you’d have to take an empowering photo in honor of International Women’s Day, or pick your favorite empowering image from your archives, and tag it with #pictureit500px.
Here are a couple of my favorites from the website’s launch of the contest:
I believe it’s extremely important to honor March 8th, International Women’s Day, to celebrate everything we’ve accomplished and our strength. To remember and thank those who’ve fought for us to be able to do what we can to today. To remind each other that we are capable of many things, to dream big. In this generation many things are spread online, and this contest allowed us to spread the importance and accomplishments of women. When you capture the moment of a woman’s strength and determination, many will feel motivated and [this can] spread worldwide. –Shelby Disla