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Due to our new circumstance it is to challenging to continue with
our current topic without the photographic facilities we could
provide you with at school (the work you have done so far should
be completed and will be marked as part of your threshold grade).
There is still lots you can practice and learn at home exploring
photographers and then practicing and exploring the different
settings, compositions and lighting needed to take effective
photographs. This new part of the project will also be marked and
should hopefully build on new skills for your year 13 project.
We will set you a different task each week considering different
types of photographic skills using photographers and inspirations
for the shoots you will complete. The plan will be that you will
create power point documents of your photographic studies,
contact sheets and enlargements and submit these to us at the
start of each week to mark and guide you with (like we would
have done at school)
Paul Graham (born 1956) is an
English fine-art and documentary
photographer whose work has been
exhibited, published and collected
The subjects of Graham’s Television
Portraits all look away from the
camera, their gaze focused on the
television outside the picture frame,
and their bodies in a passive state of
watching. At ease in the
environment of their own homes,
they appear relaxed and
unselfconscious. Graham uses
photography as a means to explore,
literally and metaphorically, the
ways in which societies mask or
conceal their historical wounds.
With his Television Portraits, he has
discovered a means of eliminating
much of the masking conventional
to portraiture. This has resulted in
images which reveal aspects of
people not normally on public
• To what extent has the subject matter been stylised? Has it been set up?
• How has lighting affected the photo?
• What can you say about the depth of field?
• Is the focus sharp or unusual in some way?
• How is the distance organised? Close/Medium/far? Foreground/
• What has been included and what has been excluded from the frame?
• How is the picture composed in terms of blocks of colour?
• Are main lines in the picture vertical, diagonal or horizontal?
• How much of the picture is filled with people or objects? How much his
• Describe the use of colour. For example, is the colour exaggerated or does it
closely resemble the colours of the actual subject?
• Describe how colour is used to convey mood and atmosphere. For example,
describe the use of complimentary colours, hot and cold colours etc.
• Describe the composition. For example, are there dramatic angles, is it
made up of horizontal or vertical shapes, is the subject being viewed from
above, below, eye level?
Describe the subject matter of the photograph and ask yourself “What is
the artist trying to communicate?”
Describe the mood and atmosphere of the photograph.
What feelings and emotions does it convey? For example, is it about joy,
melancholy, passion, horror, anger, intimacy etc.?
What ideas and thoughts does it explore? For example, is it about politics,
class, nature, gender, society, consumerism etc.?
Or is the subject matter of the artwork the artwork itself? For example, is it
just about line, colour, composition, texture, mark making, shape etc.
How successful do you think this image is? Do you like or dislike it? Why?
Do you think the image is effective at communicating a message? What
does it tell you?
Do you think the image is well made? Does it look skilful?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the image? How would you
• Discuss the biographical details and historical context of the artist. For
example, outline the development of the artist’s personal life including
birth, marriage, death etc. and describe what events were unfolding at the
time, such as war, industrialisation, unemployment etc. Discuss the effect
these factors had on their work.
• Discuss the influence other art had on the artist’s career? In what ways did
their work differ from what had gone before?
• What art movements were the artists associated with? What were the aims
of the movement? How did their work develop throughout their life? What
artists did they influence?
• Quote the artist’s comments on their own work and the work of others.
• Quote other artists’/writers’ comments about the artist’s work.
• Describe why you have chosen this particular photographer. What do you
like about their work? How the subject and style compare with your own
• What would you like to learn from studying the photographer?
1. Create a Powerpoint and call it ‘Photography Influences and Skills
(add your name)’
2. Complete Powerpoint slides on the Photographer Paul Graham
focusing on his series ‘Television’ You will have to explore a range of
websites to get information on this Photographer but remember your
descriptions and opinions are key to getting a good mark for this.
You must explain how you will use his work to take your own shoot!
Please use the support sheets you have at the back of your
sketchbooks (remember it is useful to evaluate a specific photograph in
depth and detail). You can also use the ‘Deal With It’ slides on this
powerpoint to support you with your analysis.
3. Take a shoot exploring Graham’s ‘Television series’ make sure you
consider composition and lighting to create quality images. Present this
on a series of power point slides including contact sheets with analysis
and at least three enlargements (if you have facilities these could be
edited a little on photoshop (no worries if not though).