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The Photographs of Mario Testino

Thus far none of my visual diary entries have covered the work of a fashion photographer. Therefore, I decided to discuss the positive and negative attributes of a single fashion photographer’s pictures for this journal entry. I picked Mario Testino … Continue reading

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1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

The 7.1 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake happened in my hometown of Santa Cruz, California on October 17, 1989 (my birthday). I was a child at the time and found the whole ordeal to be quite scary. Recently I realized that … Continue reading

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Picture Essay vs. Picture Story

For this journal entry I looked at the differences between picture story and picture essay. To make the visual comparison easier, I attempted to find picture essays and picture stories that showed the same subject matter. This proved to be … Continue reading

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A Critique of Picture Packages

Prior to taking this class, I had never considered the concept of picture packages. I have looked at them in newspapers dozens of times but I have never put any thought into their physical production. Now that I know what … Continue reading

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Bill Cunningham: Full of Contradictions?

I recently watched the documentary Bill Cunningham: New York. It is an interesting look at an 80-year-old fashion and society photographer who works for the New York Times. The one thing that struck me most about this film was the amount of … Continue reading

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Hierarchy and the Los Angeles Times

This week’s discussion about the hierarchy made me think about the news images that I see on a daily basis. I was curious to see how many of them would fulfill all four categories of the hierarchy: informational, graphic appeal, … Continue reading

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Style (and Substance?) in the Photos of David LaChapelle

I think that the photos of David LaChapelle fit perfectly with the discussion we had in class about “style.” His personal style is one of gloss, color and celebrity. All of his pictures look expensive in the sense that they … Continue reading

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