Ewan Spencer

March 8, 2010


Me vs Martin

December 14, 2009

My emulation of Martin Parrs style.

Martin Parr


Martin Parr


Martin Parr


Martin Parr

December 14, 2009

After researching Martin Parr in depth , watching various documentaries and interviews with him i get the idea that martin Parr wants to show how things as he finds them and as he thinks they are rather than construct an artificial facade of something which is what he believes most photographers do. He says that his work is partially fictional in the way that he has captured them but essentially they are just as they are. I wish to follow this mentality in my photographic shoots and really depict my subject as it really is, in its element. I don’t wish to produce a synthetic version of what i think the subject is, i only want to capture it in its environment nothing more. This bare bones approach to photography is what i believe i am best at, and have decided I have no need for soft focus lenses and diffused lighting. I only want to produce an accurate raw documentary photograph of my chosen subject.

Looking at Martins work he mainly documents people doing what their best in their own environment, eg. Sun bathing, eating, and living in general. His other style of photography is to take close up pictures of food and other such items, but I wish to follow the former style as i believe I can be more experimental with it.

I will conduct my photo shoots at various social events to really get a feel for his snapshot like style, and to create a sense of urgency about the photographs I produce. Inspired by Parr’s fascination with people I will document people at things such as partys, social gatherings and in their own homes, as i want to really see what they will react like once they are comfortable in their own environment, rather than placing them someware else, true to Martin Parr’s style.

Martin uses a wide range of cameras from disposables, to compact digital cameras to SLR’s. So i will experiment with various camera types and select the best, and most creative images from the photos i have taken and hopefully choose a single photograph which sums up the events of the previous photo shoots; keeping in mind martins bold and unique documentary style.

I will try and shoot my subjects as spare of the moment and as raw as i can. Martin said in one of his documentaries ‘ I will try and take a photo only once’. I will bare this in mind when conducting my location shooting and will try to stray from staging a photograph to avoid predictability, and essentially produce a totally spontaneous photograph.

“Magnum photographers were meant to go out as a crusade … to places like famine and war and … I went out and went round the corner to the local supermarket because this to me is the front line.” – Martin Parr

Corrine Day

May 12, 2009


Corrine day was one of the leading fashion photographers who introduced heroin chic to the British population in 1990. Her work introduced a gritty documentary style of photography to the fashion industry which had never been seen before. She is famous for forming close relationships with her subjects and using that to take great intimate photos of them in relaxed, and often playful situations. This blew the fashion industry apart as their perceptions of glamour where turned on its head. She rose to fame after taking photos for the ‘3rd Summer of Love; editorial FACE magazine in 1990 and hasn’t looked back since.

In 1993 Corrine photographed close friend Kate Moss in her own flat for British Vogue. In the context of a fashion magazine the images appear to have a candid, documentary feel about them and when published caused a certain frisson of discomfort.

In 2000 she published her first book entitled ‘Diary’, which was a personal collection of photographs, capturing the poetic zest of youth.


Corrine has been exhibited in the national portrait gallery,Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery and even The Andy Warhol exhibition at the Whitney Museum NY. She continues to this day to have work published by British, Italian and Japanese vouge, influencing endless photographers with her debauched yet poetic style.


Hedi Slimane

May 12, 2009


Hedi slimane is a french fashion designer and photographer, majorly known for working as the designer for the clothing line Dior Homme for Christian Dior, and centenary exhibition for Louis Vuitton. He turned his hand to taking photographs for his lines aswell as for recent indie bands.  Having a background in clothing, furniture and store design he is noted for his stuctured form and this comes across vividly in his photography aswell .

Hedi places fashion photography within a precise framework, applying semiotic structure and rationale to the genre as a system of communication for symbols and signs present within any given image. He often exhibits his photography in extrodianry ways such as on layered pieces of glass, on large floor tables and in dissected frames.

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His use of structure within his photography aswell as his presentation has inspired me to exhibit my work in more creative ways.


Cindy Sherman

May 12, 2009


Although she doesn’t state herself as a feminist, alot of her work is pro female, and draws attention to such things as stereotyping women and typecast, and she is widely regarded as a feminist figure. She often photographs herself in the images, dressing up as various imaginary roles. I also found out she actually dated Robert Longo, and took one of her 1978 film still images at his family lodge.


Her work is often in black and white and often depicts women doing mundane things, but in a post modern light.  Her work appears to be using the 40’s and 50’s Hollywood era movies as inspiration, almost identically as i do.  She also became popular for the raunchy project she created with naked sex dolls in various humorous poses, which was seen as vulgar by some and clever by others. She uses a range of techniques both color and black and white thus making her work quite inconsistent in some respects. However her work always seems to Carry’s a sense of female  glamour and pride, and this is why her images have become so popular.

cindy sherman

Steven Shore

May 12, 2009


Steven shores dead pan often snap shot imagery captured my eye immediately. It was this image in-particular which drove me to research him as i thought id seen it before. The result was i hadn’t, but had been tricked by a cheap knock of taken by Jamie Hince (See other post). A hotel tv might not seem much but to most people, but its this quirky abstractness which i enjoy in his images so much.


Two hot dogs, drizzled in cheap mustard sit on a paper plate below us. Glistening in grease and wrapped in bread waist coats. This awkward humour only Shore can pull off, without seeming overly pretentious and its what makes him a famourite amoung proffesionals and non professionals alike.


Some people might say Steven Shores work looks lazy and derivative, but if one looks deeper into the history of his work they can see  that actually his photographs take often hours to set up, and he often goes back to re shoot his photographs again and again. Its this integrity and perfectionism that makes Shores work so intriguing.


Nan Goldin

May 12, 2009


Nan Goldin is an american modern controversial documentary photographer. She was raised in a jewish family in the suberbs of Boston. Her first exhibition was on gay and transexuals. She later moved into the newyork new wave scene which injected her style with fashion, drugs and often sex.


What drew me to her work initially was its highly intimate, heroin chic look; which reminded me heavily of larry clarks who’s work who i admire deeply. Infact i actually came across a misplaced larry clark photograph when researching G. Her images strike you as often seedy and rushed, they grip you a sence of reality that you dont get with alot of other photographers. Sweaty and often naked, her subjects contort around her images craeting a colarge of flesh and tone. Somtimes you catch yourself looking at a girl which you first see as a boy. Her work is often not profesionaly lit in any sence, and taken on compact cameras, another reason why i love her work.


With exhibition titles like ‘The ballad of sexual dependency’ and ‘ill be your mirror it is obvious her work is highly charged with romance and love, not only this but both these titles are also song names. These two things alone make Nan goldin one of my new favourite photographers.

Robert Frank

May 12, 2009


Robert frank is a black and white photographer, who rose to fame on his cutting edge book titled simply ‘The Americans.storyline_bil

He was regularly compared to the philosopher de toqueville for his rebellious outsider view of American society, much like Larry Clark who i have also analyzed.


His work even today seems post modern and quite cutting edge, with his creative use of cropping and angles which 40 years on took me by surprise and excitement. His photography is very clean cut and sharp ; and you can tell he has taken his time to prepare the shot and plan how he is going to crop it. Either this or he is taking very little time to set up the shot resulting in cropped photos. Either way its this stroke of  genius which makes Robert Frank stand out among others.


His various photos of American couples such as bikers and other sub cultures at the time struck me immediately as int resting and i have suspected Joe szabo may have ripped this off a bit. Roberts work has impacted me quite significantly , through his use of unconventional framing and stark spaces in between his subjects. Simply genious.


fag-glassAlison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are an Anglo American Garage Rock Duo who document their lives on tour with the use of Polaroid,  lomography and photobooth photography. Their love for retro 60’s cameras and novel forms of photography have influenced me hugly in my own work. Being in a band 24-7 takes its toll and Jamie and Alison tend to take it out with their cameras. Living out of hotels and your bus’s their photography creates something extraordinary out of something mundane such as a hotel television or a glass of cigarettes.Their polaroid work is often minimal yet quite  unusual.


They also use 60’s and 70’s lomography to document their lifes with Diana’s and Holgas as well as the classic Olympus Pen’s. This constant use of analogue photography makes their style warm and charming.


Often with the Holga’s trademark light leeks and multiexposures they photograph each other doing mundane things, sometimes such as just sleeping or sitting.


Their love of photo-booths has come across in their photography too, as they have documented over 100 photo booth sessions, posing in extraordinary and ridiculous ways. This sense of breaking the rules of photography and reverting back to old techniques has made Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince a huge influence on my work.