It is important to link photographers together through themes and pieces of work.

How do we understand who we need to be looking at?

If you look at a street photographer, then you can look at other street photographers

You can look at what the photographer did before and after the body of work you are looking at.

You can look at photographers who did the complete opposite of the photographer you are researching.

‘A Wider Context’: How does your work link to other artists, how does it link in to the module?



–        Selected these books for two reasons: The work it contains (the vastly different uses of light in the images) but also the fact these are bodies of work, not single images.

–        This will give a more complete understanding of the artists’ implementation of light

In session task

–        Groups of three, become familiar with one of the books here

–        Look through all to see which you might like to talk about

–        Then be asked to present on three different elements of the work

–        The Aesthetic use of light

–        The conceptual use of light

–        An image demonstration of the above

–        Describe the light

–        Does the light change?

–        Is the light used in composition? (Light becomes structure when used in the composition)

–        Does the light draw us in to a specific place on the photo?


Directed Study

–        Following this session I am setting a small task and it will require you to make notes during this session …

–        Write aprox 500 words illustrating a 4 degree connection to a body of work that interests you in its use/ implementation of light.

–        You should start with one book presented here in this session and at each degree you should understand the work before looking for connections beyond

–        Connections themselves do not have to be made based on lighting

Chosen Book: Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place


‘Beneath the Roses’ and then compared to ‘Sanctuary’

Conceptual Light: strong use of unnatural light makes the image look like a film still. All the images lighting is very crisp and clean cut.

Aesthetic Light: Very considered use of light, which lights up certain parts of the image, drawing your eyes to specific areas.

Plate 9: Looks like a painting, the use of light creates layers that draw your eye further into the image, mixture of bright light and flat, harsh darkness. Each layer on it’s own looks flat until brought together to create a detailed photograph. High contrast, strong saturation.

Sanctuary: flat, soft light, natural light. Makes you feel sad for the abandoned places. No contrast, no brightness, completely abandoned.

Hints: List all the parts of how the lighting looks before saying that it ‘looks like a film still’

Everybody is influenced by Edward Hopper