25 May 2016

LOOK: IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

"Photographing a cake can be art" —Irving Penn

Penn's fascination with still life is evident in the dramatic range of photography he has produced in this genre. His first assignment as a Vogue studio photographer was a still-life cover, and over the years he completed striking still-life product shots. In the 1970s, Penn produced a startlingly inventive series of still-lifes using memento mori objects and urban detritus such as cigarette butts, decaying fruit and vegetables, and discarded clothing. He successfully challenged the traditional idea of beauty, giving dignity and nobility to common street trash with rich hues and gorgeous lighting. Ironically, these photographs act as a dark reflection of the consumer products Penn shot commercially. (From: http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/1aa/1aa393.htm)

The Irving Penn Foundation. CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE for a biography of Irving Penn.
CLICK HERE for a Penn at Museum of Contemporary Photography.
CLICK HERE for New York Times obituary of Penn

LOOK: Vera Mercer

Vera Mercer's site. CLICK HERE.


DIRECTIONS: Using your light box, make 24+ photographs of flowers using the sites above as inspiration and instruction. You are allowed to make straight-forward flower photography, or you may be unexpectedly creative. Have fun with this. :)

SUGGESTION: Open your aperture wide to blur the foreground and/or background, or simply to have a more interesting area of focus. Use the lightbox you made for the food photography.

Robert Mapplethorpe flowers (1946-1989). CLICK HERE.
Karl Blossfeldt (1864-1932) flowers. CLICK HERE.
Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) flowers. CLICK HERE.
Ron Van Dongen. CLICK HERE.
Perhaps you'll find some here. CLICK HERE.
Paper flowers by Tiffanie Turner (This Is Colossal). CLICK HERE.

Andrew Zuckerman. CLICK HERE.
Andrew Zuckerman. CLICK HERE.

Frozen flower photographs. CLICK HERE.

Josh Kemp's photostream. CLICK HERE.

25 Flower tips. CLICK HERE.

Macro flower photography set up. CLICK HERE.

Backlight trick for still life photography. CLICK HERE.

Flower examples. CLICK HERE.

Shocking flowers. CLICK HERE.

Exploded flowers. CLICK HERE.

Fong Qi Wei's site. CLICK HERE.


DIRECTIONS: Using your lightbox, choose FOOD as your subject matter. The food is your choice. Be clever and unexpected with the set-up and arrangement, and as with 13A vary the placement of your lights to create distinctly different images.