350MC Working with Photography in Context – Lecture 11

On Tuesday 9th December 2014, I attended my last day of lectures in 2014 that were dedicated to the 350MC Symposium module. On this day, we simply spent the day taking part in a practice run for our symposium. During these practice runs, the minority that had a completed drafts used this opportunity to practice it, whereas the rest of us simply presented where we were at and the ideas of the structure of our presentation. Below you can find the renewed versions for both my Brief Structure of Symposium and Case Studies Presentation that I presented on the day, along with any feedback I received:

General Books Everyone Should Consider:


Personal Feedback:

Brief Structure of Symposium Presentation – Draft 2

Case Studies Presentation 2

Feedback on Structure:

  • The third section of your plan is, like Kate said, a whole other debate
  • However, section 1 and 2 of your plan link in very well together and it will therefore be easy for you to fill out your essay with relevant research based around these areas
  • There seem to be two reoccurring themes that you’re looking at within your structure that you haven’t actually identified in your plan; these are the “Relationship Between Image and Text” and “Death Photography”
    • “Relationship Between Image and Text” is talking about the fact that you have used two photographic examples that rely on accompanying text in order to recreate or reconnect with a particular memory – this perhaps suggests that (autobiographical landscape) photography needs accompanying text, when creating pieces about memory and remembrance, as a way of contextualizing the memory concept within the piece
    • “Death Photography” – when going through your plan, it’s suggested that you were looking at the function of photographs which could include the depicting of dead people as a form of remembrance
  • As a suggestion, you could also look at the juxtaposition of how Landscape and Memory both decay over time
  • The plan of your structure is very rich in terms of theories and ideas


Feedback on Case Studies:

  • Although the plan is very rich in different theories and ideas, I don’t think the case studies suit the theories discussed – however, they do connect through the idea suggested above about the “Relationship Between Image and Text” in recreating or reconnecting with a particular memory
  • Also, not sure if Ann Chwatsky fits in with the “Autobiographical” section of the presentation due to the different landscapes that she looks at within her montages (i.e. they’re not her hometown but landscapes she is interested in)
  • Perhaps look at different photographers that look at Landscape AND Death (if you decide to go down the “Death Photography” route) including:
    • David Farrell’s “Innocent Landscapes
    • Paul Seawright (http://www.paulseawright.com)
    • PinePoint” by Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons
    • There is also an article somewhere on Locate (the Coventry University Library Database) that talks about a particular person attending an exhibition focusing on the Holocaust where they actually recognize themselves in the image of a concentration camp – this has been discussed in some of the books I have read throughout my research


Reading and Theorists to Consider (some already stated above):