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Picturing the Body: The books which are guiding me..

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Although there is nothing like getting out and shooting with a camera I am a strong believer in research.  The ‘Picturing the Body’ module is no exception.  Capturing those intimate moments takes a great deal of thought and understanding.  Looking at books which show images of intimacy is a great starting point.  Its also great to read about the photographers who made the images and what the narrative behind them was.

I know that in this age of computers and everything being available on-line that books seem to be going out of fashion.  I for one am not prepared to follow this trend.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not one to stand in the way of progress but after spending six hours editing images in Lightroom the last thing i want to do is spend another few hours in front of my monitor doing research.  Yes, sitting down on the sofa and flicking through the pages of a book is a totally different experience.  An acquired taste some may say..

As a great book collector I have been searching through my collection and pulling out those books that I feel will be most beneficial to me.  Below is just a small list of some of the books which I will be using for research.  I will also do a review on some of the books individually as a separate blog post at some point in the future.


Peep world by John Stoddart

Days With My Father by Phillip Toledano

The New Life by Lise Sarfati

Grimaces of the Weary Village by Rimaldas Vikszaitis

Between Dreams and Reality by Tracey Moffatt

Between the Two by Todd Hido

Radiant Identities by Jock Sturges

Mollino Polaroid by Fulvio Ferrari

Madonna Nudes 1979 by Martin Maximilian

Visions of Ophelia by Jack Gilbert

Raised By Wolves by Jim Goldberg

The Naked and the Lens by Louis Benjamin

White Women by Helmut Newton

At Twelve by Sally Mann

Voyeur by Charles Melcher and Steve Diamond

Too Much Time: Women in Prison by Jane Evelyn Atwood

Memories of Myself: Essays by Danny Lyon

Closer by Elinor Carucci

Diary of a Dancer by Elinor Carucci

The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy by Nan Goldin

Kristen by Miles Aldridge

Tulsa by Larry Clark


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Written by Dean O'Brien

January 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

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  1. Hello Dean is this research not just about ideas but putting your work in ‘context’ which I know counts for 40 credits on this course?

    Chris Alford

    January 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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