Last evening, I was privileged to be asked to talk at Keynsham Photographic Society. I shared some of the photographers that inspire me, and showed some of my own work, exploring related themes, and with their associated stories. It was great fun!
I talked about Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), Robert Frank (1924), Saul Leiter (1923-2013), William Eggleston (1939) and Hioji Kubota (1939).
One photographer that has always particularly inspired is Daido Moriyama (1938) He came to prominence in the 1960s, related to the Provoke movement, and has stayed relevant ever since.
A man of the city, of the streets, always restless and always making images with an acute eye. He was associated with the ‘Are Bure Boke’ black and white style (grainy, blurred out of focus), though shoots other ways too, including colour. Moriyama-san has over 150 photo books to his name, and defines ‘prolific’.
Another, probably lesser known photographer is Adam Clark Vroman (1856-1916). He was an American photographer, and was one of the first to make ‘uncondescending’ and ‘unsentimental’ documentary records of Native Indians and their landscape. His attention to detail, objectivity and depth of coverage make him a great inspiration for any aspiring documentary photographers. The link is to an excellent catalogue of his work.
Here is the presentation that I gave. The theme was ‘Unfinished Stories’.
Storytelling via images has been a longstanding passion, and yet the fleeting moment of capture often raises more questions than it answers. I am attempting a project with this theme, pulling together our family’s journey, travelling through over 75 countries across the years.
The header image by the way is from Karachi, 1992. Shades of Homeland perhaps …