Project 2 – Diane Arbus research

From reading the chapter by Liz Jobey on Diane Arbus in Singular Image: Essays on remarkable photographs, there are a few clear things that stand out to me on the way she writes the essay;

  • At the beginning of the essay, Jobey outlines some rhetorical questions to allow the reader to develop their own ideas whilst they are reading the essay and looking at the photograph.
  • She then goes on to looking at specific points, areas and subject of the photograph and breaking them down to discuss the connotations and denotations that they have. I noticed that Jobey doesn’t always just stick to one ultimate outcome, she discusses that certain points of the photograph could have different meanings within them.
  • Jobey does her research into both the photographer, and the history of the people within the photograph. This allows her to get a further insight into what Arbus was trying to achieve with this image. She has achieved this research by using text that Arbus used herself when the photograph was published in a Sunday Times magazine.
  • She also does further research into other images the photographer has taken and uses them to develop her interpretation of this particular image.
  • Finally, Jobey summarises with what she felt Arbus was trying to achieve with the photograph and how she has managed to do this to the viewer.

 

Source:

Jobey, L. (2014) singular images arbus. Available at: https://contextandnarrative.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/ph4can_singular_images_arbus.pdf (Accessed: 14 June 2016).
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