Field Trip #3. Field Trip – Wed, October 19 Martin Luther King Library Meet at the information desk at 9:00am 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (San Fernando & Fourth Street). Mel Chin’s Art at the Library Mel Chin was born in Texas in 1951 Is a conceptual visual artist
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Field Trip #3
Field Trip – Wed, October 19
Martin Luther King Library
Meet at the information desk at 9:00am
Mel Chin’s Art at the Library
Free 1-hour Guided Tour!
Field Trip Assignment
Please write a few paragraphs about the tour. What
did you like/ did not like about it? What was your
favorite piece or an installation? Describe it in detail
(size, materials, colors, textures, how it was
constructed). What was the concept behind it?
The paper should be no longer than a page and
a half. Please give me a printout.
“The art or process of producing images
by the action of radiant energy and
especially light on a sensitive
Mirriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Noticed that light passing through a pinhole opening into a
darkened chamber forms an exact view of the world outside,
but upside down
Usedduring the Renaissance period.
4.Improved LensesReduce exposure time to a fraction of a second
Image is preserved on a light-sensitive surface –
a copper plate coated with silver iodide
Daguerreotype – 1837
1st Commercially viable method for making permanent
images from reflected light
A camera is a light-tide box with an opening at one end
to admit light, a lens to focus and refract the light, and
a light-sensitive surface such as film to receive the
image and hold it.
1888 – Invention of Kodak by George Eastman
Can be taken anywhere you go!!!
Photography becomes a hobby.
Mathew Brady - Portrait Photography
Julia Margaret Cameron’s Portraits
Charles Darwin (left); The Rosebud Garden of Girls (right), Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868
The Role of Photography:
Invention of photomechanical reproduction –
high-speed printing of photos and type (1900)
gives rise to Photojournalism.
Photography During the Great Depression
“One aspect of photography that some felt stood in the
way of making art was its detailed objectivity, which
seemed more suited for science.”
Artists tried to make their works look like paintings:
Photography and Art
Fading Away, Henry Peach Robinson, 1858, Composite print
Composite Photograph, John P. Morrissey, 1896
The technique of making a picture by assembling
pieces of photographs, often in combination with
other types of graphic material.
How Were Photomontages Made?
1. Composite pictures made by darkroom masking(multiple exposures made onto the same plate, unexposed areas – masked by pieces of black velvet ) 2. Images were created using “cut and paste” technique, than re-photographed 3. Double Exposure4. Direct contact printing of objects placed on photographic plates
Examples of Photomontage
Man With the Rubber Head, Film Still, 1902
German Postcard, Anon, 1902
Direct contact printing of objects placed on photographic plates, Man Ray,1922
“For photography to be an art, it must be true to its
own nature; it should not try to be painting.”
Photography and Art
Bridalveil Fall, Ansel Adams, 1960, photographic print (left)
Untitled, Alfred Stieglitz, 1924, photographic print (right)
“Found” Images and Collage
Cut With the Kitchen Knife Dada through Germany’s Last Weinmar Beer Belly Cultural Epoch, Hannah Hoch, 1919, collage
Untitled #209, Cindy Sherman, 1989
Untitled #123, Cindy Sherman, 1983
“I wanted to make something
that anyone off the street could
appreciate... I wanted to imitate
something out of the culture,
and also make fun of the
culture as I was doing it.”
Untitled Film Still #14, Cindy Sherman, 1978
Photography & Computer – 1980s to Present
ChtulhuPeople, Image #d6, GulnurGuvenc, Adobe Photoshop
Peter Kennard – London, 1980s
“There is a problem with montage in that you see it everywhere now because of digital technology. There is so much transformed imagery around that people accept constructed images without questioning their meaning. I think my work is losing impact because of that.” – Peter Kennard