Reflections on Annie Leibovitz and Sally Mann
Life Through a Lens, a film about Annie Leibovitz was my favorite of the two films that I watched. I really admire the authority and direction that Annie presents throughout the film. It was impressive to see how direct she was at the photoshoots. She had an idea in her head and knew exactly how to direct the models and her assistants in order to capture it. Her images are stunning, some of my favorites are the photograph of pregnant Demi Moore and the image of John Lennon with his wife Yoko. I had seen the image of John Lennon before but had never read the story of it being the last image of him before his death that same day. The story about this image made me realize that as photographer, we have the privilege of capturing such beautiful moments.
What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann was a much darker film than that of Annie’s but I feel that it was more genuine. If we compare the two photographers, Annie has had the opportunity to photograph celebrities and glamour while Sally photographs darker subjects. Most of her images have a dark feeling to them yet they are still very beautiful. The images of her children are so moody but so innocent.
I was impressed with the work of both photographers and took away some insights from both films. In my own photography, I will work on being more of a director in my photoshoots so that my vision can really come to life. I also will take the time to focus on the details in my images.
Reflections on Cindy Sherman
After watching a video on the self-reflexive work of Cindy Sherman, I was very surprised by some of the pieces she created. I personally always want images to look beautiful and her goal almost seemed the exact opposite. She created images that were very exaggerated and some, honestly just ugly. I am not a big fan of her work but I do appreciate her creativity and passion for doing what she loves.
Cindy Sherman’s unique photographic style is more artistic, I would say, than that of an average portrait photographer. She has a very different approach to capturing the human image.
Reflections on Dorothea Lange
Lange’s work ethic.
Dorothea Lange always stayed true to her values and beliefs. She did not only capture what the government wanted her to capture but rather captured the reality of what was occurring at the moment. One example of this is when she was photographing the Japanese internment camps, she was ultimately fired because she took images that made the Japanese people look like prisoners, which they were. She also was very dedicated and worked long hours.
Why did one commentator say this about Lange: “She probably felt she should have done a better job [as a mother], but she was busy trying to save the world.
This was said about Lange because she was not very motherly or nurturing to her children. She boarded them with someone else when she realized that she could not continue to take them with her and expose them to some of the conditions that she needed to photograph. She also had her husband Maynard Dixon do the nurturing when they did have the children. Dorothea’s priority was to be a photograph and capture moments as they happened.
What is what one commentator said is “probably the most recognized photograph in American history.”
The Migrant Mother was said in the film to be the most recognized photograph in American history. Dorothea Lange captured this iconic image when she stopped in a migrant camp and photographed the conditions that the community was in. She was able, with her images, get help for this community and she was able to capture the reality of the great depression in America.