Reuel Golden on Martin Parr

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“It’s all very English and very ordinary: a family on a day out taking delight in the simple pleasures of an ice-cream, which they appear to be enjoying more than each other’s company. The picture is very funny, but also a little sad.”

This photo, taken by Martin Parr in 1994, has a lot more depth to it than one would originally think. Reuel Golden’s comment on the image explains this perfectly, and puts words to the meanings of Parr’s image. The fashion shown here is very typical of the 90’s: the mom jeans, baggy shirts and sensible flat buckled shoes. Parr has used flash in the image, which has meant that the people within the photo look superimposed into the image – giving it a surreal look and making the image look more like a painting rather than a photograph.

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Reuel Golden on Rankin

Feeling Hungry

“One of the photographer’s most famous pictures. The image is a take on the fashion industry and its obsession with using very thin models who border on anorexia. Note how the fabric has been clipped together to accentuate the girls slenderness.” – Ruel Golden

Although I don’t like the photograph visually, the semantics of it are extremely powerful. As Ruel Golden said, the aim of the image is to portray a message -that the fashion industry pushes models to the extreme, especially in regards to their bodies. This image (titled ‘Feeling Hungry’ taken in 1995) is part of a series alongside ‘Dead Fashionable’ (see below).

Dead Fashionable

“A clever title and play on words, with dead meaning the obvious as well as the more slang “very much so”. The photographer here is making the point that the fashion industry will do almost anything to remain fashionable.” – Reuel Golden

These photos are designed to show the fashion industry in a negative light – presenting it’s ‘true values’ and Rankin’s feelings in the form of these photos.

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Nicole Kidman by Annie Leibovitz

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This photo is timeless. Taken in 1997 by Annie Leibovitz, Nicole Kidman looks like she hasn’t aged a day. Her porcelain skin stands out in the image, especially in contrast with the black jumper which, as it stops at the top of her thigh, accentuates her figure and is really very flattering.

“There’s not a bad way to photograph her” – Annie Leibovitz

Nicole’s piercing blue eyes stare right through the camera and make the image that bit more personal to the viewer, giving them the impression she’s connecting with them, whilst the expression on her face and her relaxed pose highlights her natural beauty.

“the way Nicole Kidman looks from behind when she walks away, for instance. The way she stands. Not many people are good at standing.” – Annie Leibovitz

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