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What do you consider as Contemporary Photography?

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Catriona, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    One thing we haven't discussed is my own specialist field of contemptible photography. I call this "Pointless Picture of Broken Memories" and intend to sell 40" x 40" prints, in a Bond Street art gallery, at £5,000 a pop. As a special offer to my aquaintances here, you can have the image file for five quid and a Chunky Kitkat.

    :cool: :cool: :cool:

  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    quite so... but how far back does this day and age go

    ah well that's a whole new debate....

    I have never been able to understand fully what Fine Art photography is and isn't. My cluttered brain sees neat very simplistic but beautiful images- almost line drawings and calls those fine art, whereas something from Martin Parr say, could never be classed as such. Others no doubt will disagree and possibly try and educate me- or not. At the end of the day I always work on the premise that I know what I like when I see it, I can never anticipate liking an image or defining to anyone what it is that floats my boat.
  3. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Seems unduly modest. You need at least a zero on the end. What's the file size? Chunky Kit-Kats are hard to come by in rural France, so what if I offer a tenner for a 300 dpi file at adequate size (say, 4800 x 6600 pixels)?


  4. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    many years ago I entered a competition with an image of three water pistols placed around a clock showing the time as 5 o'clock and called it "pistols at dawn".
    I was gobsmacked when it didn't win
  5. KeithLeslie

    KeithLeslie Well-Known Member

    I'll do you a demon deal that you can't refuse on my offering:

    £4k and a couple of muesli bars!! And a place in a West End exhibition gallery....
  6. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I do think this needs a bit of space above the plier.

    Whoops, wrong gallery.
  7. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    WHAT!!!! To do so would completely spoil the carefully planned imbalance of this wonderful work of art.

    ...or, if you prefer, I got the framing wrong.

  8. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    I'm not sure about "Pointless" in the title - that long thin golden thing on the left looks like a scriber to me, which certainly has a point! :)

    However, your offer is very generous - a bargain at twice the price!

    Maybe Kamepa would like to contribute some examples of compostible photography?
  9. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    I would have thought that 'Contemporary' means anything that the 'Art World' hasn't as yet managed to cobble up a category title into which the subject material concerned, can be comfortably slotted?
  10. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Haha! You could be right.
    Thinking of another thread - maybe 'the herd' would suit? I love the scene anyway. :)

  11. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    I think you could make this a far more saleable image, by calling this 'DIY by Clarskson' .... :rolleyes:
  12. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Merci alicerr! Mais c'est le genre pas la technologie qui est la question. :)

    Made me smile to see genre is male and technology female.

  13. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    Faux pas: Mum's got a visitor. (from "Speak 'Frog' like a Brit")
  14. art

    art Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty much of the same view, though I can see that genres could be useful for anyone searching for particular types of photos or trying to sell photos.

    Here's a list of 77 photographic genres: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Photography_by_genre

    But if you think photo genres can get a bit esoteric, consider the world of music:

    Nothing like a bit of Progressive Space House eh?
  15. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Relief may be at hand.................


  16. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    Err, yesssss. This quote from that page seems to require a small edit to improve its accuracy...

    I think the contributor meant to write: avid promoter of himself.

    Let the fireworks commence! :D :D :D
  17. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    avid promoter of conversation perhaps ;)
  18. Paul M

    Paul M Well-Known Member

    Surely by this definition Ansel Adams, who produced images rocks and trees is not a fine art photographer?
  19. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I suppose in his time, he changed a 'view' into 'art' by his choices of time of day, use of light and post processing and printing to make it a piece of art rather than a snapshot of an area? Just my thoughts.

    In today's assessment of photography, I don't think many would put his work into the Fine Art genre, rather they would talk about him as an iconic landscape photographer of his time.

    (Stands down and waits to be smacked) ;)

  20. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    :eek: ....

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