...an extended response to your portfolio brief with a guided minimum of 1000 words.
Learners are required to establish through this written and, where appropriate, illustrated component, the related context in which their chosen practical portfolio exists. This may be established by exploring the genre, subject matter, movement or historical framework of the overarching starting point, course of study or theme selected.
The aim of the related study is to enable learners to develop their ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding of art historical movements, genres, practitioners and artworks, considering the way that these change and evolve within chronological and other frameworks. It also builds their understanding of the relationship between society and art: art historical terms, concepts and issues; methods of researching, investigating and analysing; and how works are interpreted and evaluated.
The related study should be separate and clearly identifiable from the contextual research embedded in the development of the practical portfolio. Learners should also highlight their own work and clearly distinguish it from collected or transposed material. Learners may produce the related study in an appropriate form of which the following are some examples: an illustrated essay, digital presentation/ blog, illustrated study sheets or written report.
It is a requirement of the related study that all source material and research are listed and acknowledged in a bibliography and should be clearly identifiable in the work presented for assessment.
Option 1 - Academic Essay
Essay Questions - Getting Started
'Life Worth Living'- How is modern day poverty and deprivation represented by contemporary photographers?
Photo reference: Richard Billingham, Sebastiao Salgado, Mary Ellen Mark, Nick Danziger
'To shoot or not to shoot'- Should photographers intervene in a situation they are documenting if someone is going to be injured or killed or does a photographer have a duty to record an event to inform the wider world?
Photo reference: Don McCullin, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut, James Nachtwey, Zoriah...
'She who tells a story'- How has the portrayal of women in photography been affected by social, political and / or cultural developments?
Early 20th century- Clifford White, Edward Weston, Julia Margaret Cameron, Camille Silvy
Modernism and the woman as an object- Man Ray, Hannah Hoch, Tina Modotti
Feminism and the photography of the 60s and 70s- Cindy Sherman, Barbara Krugar, Victor Burgin, David Bailey
Contemporary photography and advertising- David La Chapelle, Charles Alexander Moffat, Miles Aldridge, Tracey Moffat, Orlan
'It's a free world'- Should photographers uphold society's moral values or does a photographer have the right to photograph anything he/she wishes?
Photo reference: Andreas Serrano, Sally Mann, Joel Peter Witkin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Araki, Jill Greenberg
'Posing Beauty'- How is the concept of aesthetics (beauty) been represented by landscape photographers?
Photo reference: Ansel Adams, Mario Giacomelli, Andreas Gursky
'Refocused Portrait'- How have photographers revealed new identities through the act of concealment?
Photo reference: Cindy Sherman, Inge Morath, Eugene Meatyard
'Perpetual Motion'- In what ways, have photographers captured and represented movement of the body?
Photo research: Eadweard Muybridge, Barbara Morgan, Aaron Siskind, Gjon Milli, Sebastian Stumpf
'Objects of Desire'- How have modern/contemporary photographers responded to the traditional genre of still life painting?
Photo reference: Irving Penn, Laura Letinsky, William Eggleston, Sam Taylor Wood, Joel Peter Witkin
Option 2 - Illustrated Essay
Visit an exhibition which relates to your chosen area of study and interests. Analyse the artists work and how it was curated to create an argument for or against its success as a public exhibition. Use relevant images to support your work, these can be references from the artist or gallery itself or your own photographs.