Howard Marks by Steve Pyke ©1995 All rights reserved.
I was scheduled to interview Steve today but unfortunately a job has come up and due to the NY / GMT time difference, he’s had to re-schedule. We’ll hear from him next week but in the meantime here’s something to get you in the mood:
Sunday January 8, 2006
He’s the British photographer who has taken over from Richard Avedon on the New Yorker. He cut his teeth on the NME and the Face, and went on to photograph everyone from the world’s leading philosophers to the men who walked on the moon. But Steve Pyke’s 18-year labour of love is photographing his son Jack’s journey from infanthood to adulthood.
Sean O’Hagan explores a life lived in black and white
Steve Pyke, aged 49, has taken thousands of photographs of his son, Jack, aged 17. They are the opposite of family snapshots, a body of evidence, almost scientific in its rigour and unrelenting in its starkness. The tracking of a single face, a single life, from birth, through childhood and adolescence, and into tentative adulthood.
Steve has photographed Jack in the same way at regular monthly intervals . . . → Read More: Prep reading for Steve Pyke interview (session re-scheduled)
Amongst other things, we will be doing a basic introduction to bookbinding this week. If you would like to make your own books you’ll be able to follow our walk-through demonstrations (check back here). The materials you will need are listed below:
Japanese stab bound book (easy peasy) – you will need at one pack of A6 cards (white), two A6 cards for covers (any colour), a needle and some thread for binding.
And a Hardback Beauty (bit fiddly with some stickiness) – You’ll need paper, card (for the covers), covering (for the card), muslin (to glue the spine), paint brush (to apply glue), bull-dog clips (big ones, to hold the wet books whilst they dry), a sharp blade and a straight-edge (metal rule).
As always, if you have any useful links to share then please post them in . . . → Read More: Prep for Bookbinding
This week’s preparatory reading comes courtesy of Martijn Kleppe (@MartijnKleppe) of the University of Rotterdam . It’s a departure from the scheduled subject matter but one that we can legitimately drawn into our class forum. Martijn has put together a bundle feed you can reach by clicking the image:
. . . → Read More: World Press Photo Award Debate
Below is the required reading
in preparation for Pete Brook’s guest lecture next week:
As fun prep for my presentation next week, I’ve a few things I’d like you to look over. As with many of my thoughts, they return in cycles. A couple of years ago, I started thinking about photographs that prisoners actually took themselves and what those images said to themselves, their loved ones and us about how they wanted their bodies and their existence perceived.
. . . → Read More: Self-Representation: Prison Polaroids, Public Mugshots and Facebook Profile Pics
- In preparation for next week’s session, you should research the bellow mentioned artists:
. . . → Read More: Preparatory Reading: Gary Schneider, John Coplans and David Goldblatt
This week’s preparatory research is in preparation for a guest seminar and discussion with Elinor Carucci next week. Below are some great links and resources to find out more about Elinor and her work.
©ELINOR CARUCCI from 'Diary of a Dancer'
Elinor’s website and portfolio
Elinor’s current exhibition ‘Kin and Self’ in Stockholm
“My mother was the first person I ever photographed, and I still take pictures of her obsessivly. Quite litterally, in more than one way, she was – she is – my natural point of origin“
TIME Lightbox: Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood: Elinor Carucci
Elinor gives a talk at the School of Visual Arts (iTunes Link)
La Lettre Interview with Elinor
Elinor Carucci on Facebook
Elinor Carucci on Twitter
©ELINOR CARUCCI 'Mum touches Father' 2000
Elinor Carucci: A good portrait for me is one that evokes a response of some sort to the person being photographed which allows a deeper look into who this person is. I know that for me it is usually an emotional response that tempts me into the images, feelings draw me in and make me remember the image, the person, or the story, and make me go back to the image again and again.
If you would like to ask Elinor about her . . . → Read More: Preparatory Reading: Elinor Carucci
Preparatory reading for upcoming Lecture:
Prepare a 250 word reflection on one book from the list below for round table discussion (see Wayne Ford’s Posterous and J.M. Colberg’s Conscientious for inspiration)
These books should be easily available from your local library, some of these you will be able to see online
Attending students: These books are all available in the University Library
Elinor Carucci ‘Closer’
David Hilliard ‘Photographs’
Larry Clark ‘Perfect Childhood’
Larry Clark ‘Tulsa’
Diane Arbus ‘diane arbus’
Diane Arbus ‘Revelations’ (Thanks to Amy Arbus for directing us to Doon Arbus and Neil Selkirk’s essays.)
Susan Meiselas ‘Carnival Strippers’
Barry Kay ‘The Other Women’
Sally Mann ‘Immediate Family’
Richard Avedon’The Sixties’
Nan Goldin ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’
Nan Goldin ‘Ballad of Sexual Dependency’
Thanks to Esteban Pinilla for . . . → Read More: Preparatory Reading: Week 1
Hello and welcome to picbod 2012 (the Olympic picbod). We have an exciting ten weeks of photographic activities ahead of us designed to inspire, challenge and stimulate in equal measure with highlight contributions from Steve Pyke and Grant Scott of HungryEye Magazine amongst others.
For our undergraduate attendees here at Coventry University this class falls in term two of their second year and is the first time that they’re classroom experience is opened out to the online community, this in itself will be challenging to some and so we trust our community will continue to be an awesomely supportive one for all.
Many who’ve signed up remotely are already practising photographers, some are hobbyists, others just dropping by out of curiosity, whichever you are we hope you’ll feel confident engaging in the broader picbod community and if there’s some way we can make that easier or the experience better then please let us know.
Okay, lets go to work.
Jonathan . . . → Read More: An Olympic #picbod
In preparation for the lecture next week by Elly Clarke on 1st Feb entitled ‘Oil to Blood; Marble to Muscle: The body in art from Renaissance to today’ students are to read ‘The Influence of Neoplatonism on Michaelangelo’ by Dr Debora Vess.
Please bring to the class a short (200) word summary of what you understand the Renaissance ideal of the body to be.
You might also wish to look at the work of Ron Athey, who is at the ‘Blood’ end of my lecture. As you see, he also is interested in exploring notions of beauty – but from a rather . . . → Read More: Preaparatory reading for lecture ‘Oil to Blood; Marble to Muscle: The body in art from Renaissance to today’