Mark Durden, author of Phaidon’s Photography Today (2014), a survey of photography as art from the 1960s to the present, is joined by the Guardian’s photography writer Sean O’Hagan* and photographer Sarah Jones to discuss themes of the self, the face and the body in photographic works by modern masters such as Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin and James Nachtwey. In association with Phaidon. Continue reading
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a start at reading
Yesterday, two packets from Amazon landed on my desk at work. They contained:
- The Photographer’s Eye – Michael Freeman (ILEX, 2007)
- Photography, A Critical Introduction, 4th Edition – ed. Liz Wells (Routledge, 2009)
- Behind the Image Research In Photography – Anna Fox & Natasha Caruana (AVA Academia, 2012)
After work, I stopped off at The King and Queen for a pint and to have a first look at the new books, having enough time to read the introductions before I went on to the tube and home. Continue reading
how normal is normal anyway, pythagoras?
One footnote to the first of the introductory exercises is that I finally did the sums to work out the “normal” focal length for both a frame of 35mm film and for my smaller DSLR sensor and was slightly surprised to discover that:
DSLR: 23.7 squared + 15.6 squared = 805.05 or 28.4 squared: – ie the diagonal = 28.4mm
Film: 36 squared + 24 squared = 1872 or 43 squared – ie the diagonal = 43mm
So, rather than being normal, a 50mm lens is ever so slightly telephoto and the nearest I can get to a normal angle of view with a prime lens on a film camera is my Olympus Trip 35 with its 40mm fixed lens. And on my DSLR I need a 28mm lens rather than the 35mm one I’ve blithely been using for ages now.