The photographer that I am primarily researching to present is Peter beard and the 3 other photographer with the same theme are: Tim Hetherington, simon norfolk and Philip Blenkinsop. My themes to look at regarding their work are Tradition and Experimentation.
So, what is Tradition and Experimentation?
the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
experiment: the testing of an idea; “it was an experiment in living”; “not all experimentation is done in laboratories”
First I did some quick initial research on their websites to find out the sort of photography they are interested in and how the given themes link with their work.
- Peter Beard
Peter Beard was a photographer who went to Kenya. He seems fascinated by how things have changed since he went there in 1955. From when there was ‘about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless “wild—deer—ness”‘ and it felt ‘inexhaustible’ to this day where it has ‘limited and diminishing resources’ and where the ‘beautiful play period has come to an end’.
Experimentation is very clear in Beard’s work.
- Tim Hetherington
Tim Hetherington was a war photographer. He ‘photographed the experience of war from the perspective of the individual’.
Not traditional – used mobile uploads (evidence in link above)
- Simon Norfolk
Burke broke tradition – more emotion. inspired Norfolk.
- Phillip Blenkinsop
Also war. also experimental. similar to peter beard – used blood and props around the images and borders to create atmosphere and echo whats happening in the image.