The most beautiful suicide - Nov 2017
Abstract: on May 1947, Life magazine published The most beautiful suicide, a picture taken by student Robert Wiles, immortalising the dead body of Evelyn McHale, an American girl who jumped from the Empire State Building eleven days before publication. The beauty of the subject seems to be emphasised over the tragedy of the death. An example of a case where the boundary between photography made to document and photography aimed to please has not been clearly defined.
The personal as political: Cindy Sherman - Dec 2017
Abstract: this paper discusses the work of Cindy Sherman and the implications on the use of her own body to create art, referring to the critical text of Angela Kelly ‘Self image: the personal is political’, in which she questions the relations between image, identity and stereotypes.
Abstract: Sally Mann’s publication in 1992 of Immediate Family confounded and questioned idealised and grounded notions of childhood, motherhood and commodification of the family in the Western society. The criticism which historically interested the work of the American photographer often applied a reading of the photographs which failed to recognise the significance of the coexistence of traditionally opposed imageries occurring within her photographs. This paper analyses the uncanny resemblances between the pictures of Sally Mann and contemporary or historical images, in order to discuss stereotypes and racial bias that are implicitly revealed.
Nan Goldin’s ‘Fantastic Tales’ - Nov 2018
Abstract: the photography of Nan Goldin is the result of her firm belief in the capability of the image to convey an authentic portrait of reality, revealing the human intimacy and the relations between love, addiction and death in extremely succinct terms. But is Goldin’s attempt to establish an intimacy between artist and subject, through an insider approach, sufficient to avoid voyeurism?