Keith Carter


Keith Carter was a famous photographer born of Winsconsin Pennsilvania who was an artist, educator and became known for his unique style of photomontage. His photos usually consisted of people, animals, and objects.  He explores relationshipd that are timeless. enigmatic and mythological by depicting from the animal world, popular culture, folklore and religion.  His photos detect a hidden meaning and they address the relationship of our ideas of place, time. memory, desire and regret.  Known as “a poet of the ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, his haunting, enigmatic photographs have been widely exhibited in Europe, U.s and Latin America and have been published to the Museam of Fine Arts.

Take a look at a few of his photos

“I don’t just look at the thing itself or at the reality itself; I look around the edges for those little askew moments-kind of like what makes up our lives-those slightly awkward, lovely moments.” 

― Keith Carter

I have been researching to find a similar modern photographer who follows the same subject and style. I came across a famous photographer know as Tome Chamber who’s photos depict the same themes as Kieth’s. I took a liking in Tom Chambers photos because they were so imaginative and dream like.

Tom Chambers was born in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania who started his career in digital photography from Ringling School of Arts.  He devoted himself to photomontage where he shares intriguing unspoken stories about spirituality, personal identity, and co-existence. Noe Tom is represented by seven galleries in the U.S and Spain and his work has been showed internationally, as well as in a wide range of print and online publications. He has received many awards and recognition for his photomontage from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  His mythical illustrations address the fragility of childhood or the delicate transition into adulthood. Others depict the tension in coexistence between man and his environment.

Take a look at a few of his photos

“As an artist I have created photomontages to reveal a personal vision about the nature of children, animals, and their interactions. These images illustrate the fleeting moods that can’t be captured by a traditional camera or seen by the naked eye. My hope is that you will explore and enjoy a different type of photography.”
— Tom Chambers

As you can see, Tom Chamber photos are brilliant.  He not only develops the photo, he creates it.  He has enormous talent and expresses the “unknown”, which is something that takes creativeness and ability to see beyond the box.  Both photographer specialize in photomontage which seems to be my favourite choice of photo because it is more of an art form which is carefully constructed, using two images that have been planned and those that unexpectedly enhance a story.  With Toms digital photography education his photos are beyond amazing.  I believe that Tom Chambers was inspired by Keith Carter photos and took photomontage to a next level.  Both photographer enhance mythology and spirituality and act as mediums in photography. If Keith Carter were still alive today I would certainly like to see pictures done digitally and what he can come up with.  I am sure they would also be brilliant. Seeing that both style of photomontage were developed differently because of time and age, there style and theme still remains the same. What was then called photomontage is now called photo manipulatio.  There is no comparison between older photo’s and photo’s done with todays technology and that is why I choose these two photographers.  I enjoyed the similarities as well as the differences between them and how the digital age has changed art and photography in the long run.

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Press Photography VS Photograph

Press photography are photographs that takes captures photo’s for the news, documentarty, newspapers and magazines.  They are used to show the public a “real” picture of events and people.  They are usually skilful, diplomatic people, who work under pressure to capture the best possible images to document events, tell a story, meet the picture editor’s deadlines and help sell the document. Press Photographers may be employed by the publication but an increasing number work on commission as freelancers. Press Photographers produce photographs of current events, and the people involved in them, on a daily basis, for national or local newspapers, news magazines and press agencies.

On national newspapers it is usual for Press Photographers to specialise in a particular field, such as sports, politics or media such as capturing celebrities. Press Photographers may be employed by the publication but an increasing number work on commission as freelancers. Press Photographers produce photographs of current events, and the people involved in them, on a daily basis, for national or local newspapers, news magazines and press agencies.

Press photograph’s should not be altered because it is suppossed to give a real representation while it happens.  If a press photograph becomes altered it can and will cause controversy.

Two examples of Press Photography

Photography by Jodi Bieber  

This photo was the winner of World Photo Press 2010 and was captured to bring awareness of women who live in danger and to address the violence against women.

Photography by Michael Würtenberg

This photo was the main prize winner in Swiss Press Photo 2007. It was captured on the Aletsch Glacier to highlight the vulnerability of the melting glaciers.  It was organized by Greenpeace in collaboration with a US artist Spencer Tunick, August 18,  2007.

Two example of Art Photography

Photography by Reinfried Marass

Photography by Boogie

“Boogie” of New York born of Yugaslavian decent specializes in photographs of the streets to remind him of the war on the streets in Serbia.

The NPPA, “The National Press Photographers Association”, a professional society that promotes the highest standard photographers Association address a few rules and regulations in press photography.   Journalism acknowledges concern for every person’s need both to be fully informed about public events and to be recognized as part of the world in which we live  and that if a photograph is going to be manipulated and if this action change the concept, the context and the message, it is not a photograph anymore and it  gets the name of a photo-illustration thus meaning that no manipulations in any ways or form are allowed.  Press photographs must be accurate and fact based and must portray reality and are practiced  in the rules of journalistic ethics.

On the other hand, art photographs as oppose to press photographs are able to be manipulated and altered due to the fact that they are not being released into the press.  These types of photographs have the the ability to take on a new art form of art.  The photographer and the graphic designer may work with these photo’s to create something more delusional without taking credit for the entire photo.

Photography by David Blazquez (Art Photography)

Photography by Phillip Toledano (Art Photography)

Art photography and press photography are both taking with a camera which is the only similarity between them.  Altering art photographs is acceptable because it is up to the photographer what it is that they want to portray.  Art photography is an art form used to create something that makes one ask, “Is this reality? or is it not?”.  Photography is not an absolute “reality nor an unqualified “truth” but a form of art in which it takes the same form as a paint brush that creates an illusion of reality.  Press photography is to create pictures  events of and people for news coverage in newspapers, magazines and wire services to show a reality of an event.  If press photo’s are altered or manipulated it would cause contriversy and confusion since they are to be exact realistic images of a point in time.  It is considered unethical to manipulate press photos and can also be punishable if done.

Photo Manipulation Project

I have decided to manipulate a few photo’s from their original piece. I choose these photo’s because I found them to be pleasing to the eye and thought I could edit them in ways that could benefit the picture.

Photography by  Tianne Strombeck

Edited by Stephanie John

In order to develop this photo, I inverted the colour then softened it.  I then strengthened the colours around the feet and the outer layers on the photo to create a more intense pop out look.  This is my final product because I found it to be the most intense and the complete opposite to what I started with.  I thought this picture would look nice t with the negative effect because the background is black that would then turn it white and would have given me a brighter finishing to work with. It looks like watercolour or stained glass or perhaps  x-ray vision of what the owl may look like to another animal or species.

Photography by Nadeem Khawar

Edited by Stephanie John

I first edited the photo to a black and white finish and then added colour back to the mans head and a bit on the scarf.  I used the focal point option to focus more on the middle of the photo to create a more intense look.  I made this photo to have an older look, with a tad of a modern touch to it.  I also added a film grain to made it look older and more ancient. It is almost as if the man is coming out of the dust. Maybe even from one century into another. I prefer my version of this photo with the film grain because it makes it seem more ancient than it really is.

Photography by Mark Hopkins

Edited by Stephanie John

I loved this photo of this statue of Madusa, and I thought I could make it even better.  I found the first picture to be a bit bland as a photo, so I added the boost effect to the photo and then a thermal touch. I really liked what it had done to the photo with the purple and orange shine.  I found that it brought her to life almost.  I also used the sepia option to create an off white touch to the background and then matted the outside to add contrast to the focal point. I feel that my version gives Madusa more expression and more feeling and emotion to the photo.  This photo is probably my most favourable.

Photography by Danielle Mussmen

Edited by Stephanie John

I decided to work with this photo because I thought it was a beautiful picture especially with the mountain peaking through in the back.  I decided to turn it into an older photo shot with an emphasis on the mountain. I thought this added a nice contrast and then brought back some greenery on the tree so it was not only just black and white.  I enjoyed looking at the green and it seems almost as if the sun is peaking down on the tree to make it that colour.  This photo reminds me of how nature is colourful and without it everything would be boring.

I hope you enjoy my Photo Manipulation!

The Portrait

Portraits in the early days were designed to form a self-image.  Portraits were only used to express the charm and achievement of the most ambitious and successful people. Early photographer tried to avoid bold colors by using more settle colors to create a lighter softer image. They started on canvas paper and continued onto velvet or silk.  The first most popular portrait was created in 1750, which was the miniature portrait. The miniature photo became a large success and was purchased, as art, by many middle class families around the world. In 1789, portraits took a small change from the miniature portrait to a more standard effect.

1750

1789

As you can see, photography has came along way since 1789.  Portraits back then were more bland, less colorful and had little expression.  They were used for the purpose of creating a self-image of the most popular.  The French Revolution made it possible to create some of the most popular portaits of that time and generation. Today portraits are made by the Digital Camera with as much expression, color possible.  The more expression the better as oppose to back then.  Portaits are used and made by any individual, from portaits of one alone to the whole entire family.

Katy Perry 2011

As you can see, the image was created for the purpose of showing off her more glamorous side.  This portrait shows confidence, and more sexuality, which is something that was not acceptable back then.

There were many inspiring photographer in the early 1700-1800.  One being Charles Marville born 1813-1870, who was a French photographer who mainly photographed architecture and lanscape.  His inspiring photographs of the ancient Parisian quaters, before they were destroyed, are still admired today.

Parisian Quarters

Another famous photographer I showed a liking in is Julia Margaret Cameron born. She was born of British decent in 1815-1879 as she became fanous for her portraits of celebrities, and photographs with Arthurian and other legendary themes.  Although her career was short lived, her photos were unique and take an impact on more modern photographers. She is knows for her closely cropped photos, which was not widely appreciated back then.

Annie 1864

Ellen Terry 1864

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