Tutorial – Wednesday 1/2/17

I spoke to my lecture Lauren who recommend I should research into these key photographer below who’s work is primarily focused upon fictional character and worlds. A concept I myself am trying to explore, trying to create a Utopian, Futuristic, Desolate and Wasteland worlds.

  • Berlin Film festival – ‘Things to Come’ (society of the future).
  • Philip Lorca Dicorcia was recommended to me because of his ability to capture a characters essence so perfectly, like they are in a world of their own. This is something I am hoping to capture in my own worlds.
  • Clare Strand – The same premise, strand creates her own characters but goes even further and creates her own sets to tell the story.


  • Danny Treacy – Focuses on creating characters, focusing on styling and creating a character using clothing.


  • Erwin Loaf – similarly to Philip Lorca Dicorcia he create these fictional worlds for his characters.
  • Mitra Tabrizian – In her series ‘The Perfect Crime’ she constructs scenes based on the idea that some crime has taken place or might take place. Our task as spectators is to read the relationship between character and setting and to examine the dress, the pose and the actors expression. And then we must the read these in the context of the sets that we are presented with”.
  • Tom Hunter – Hunter takes each story and weds it to an Old Master painting through subtly mimicking the composition of the original. He might pastiche a lighting technique, or copy the pose of a character”.


  • Lauren recommend a book called ‘Theatres of the Real’ by David Green, Jan Baetens, and Joanna Lowry. This was very helpful for understanding how to deconstruct an image.

– The Pose
– The Gaze
– The Portrait
– The Setting
– The Enviroment

Props – “In the theatre, behind the stage, lies the props table. On it lie all the dormant objects that will be used in the play. These objects have their own peculiar status: the responsibility of the props manager alone, they exist only in as much as they have a function in the dramatic narrative and will play a part in the production. They are, in this sense, hollow objects, sometimes actually even fake ones, stripped pf any individual or social investment in them; just props whose meaning is yet to be released”.

Costumes and Characters – “British documentary is peopled with characters: working men, aristocrats, old ladies, maids, tramps, debutantes, wild children, street hawkers, market traders. Since the 19th century a parade of social types has made its way through the annals of the photography books and magazines and installed itself in the cultural imagination”.

Actors and Acting – “What is common to both the theatrical and the cinematic forms of melodrama through is the way in which the genre creates a complicity between the scene itself (mise-en-scene) and the fate of the characters. In melodrama the set itself is an actor. Every aspect of the decor, the lighting, the furniture and the props, is designed to express and reflect the social and psychological state of the characters and the position that they find themselves in”.



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