Photo studio – MOMA

Studio photography has always been something that fascinates me in more than one way. Techniques unique to everyone change and the results are unique for all photographers. The gallery at MOMA completely change the way I perceived how studio photography work. While many photographers have a different view of what the subject is we can see many different variations on style making it unique to them.
Some of the work that impact me the most was by Valerie Belin where she took photography to a new level. Making an object look alive with the help of a few brushes and light. The texture in her piece mannequin is the result of make up and uncles able light that outlines the subject. The dark background with pale skin texture makes me wonder what kind of light did she use and if any type of filter was used to create shadows that reflect a more human like figure.
Something that stood out to me was the way a photographer improves on their own work. In Martin Chambi work there was many things that showed his improvement. One of his portraits from his early work seem different from his work more into his life. A picture taken in 1978 of a men who seem to be an older men wearing military clothes was one of the most stocking to me. The sharp image with a shallow depth of field gave the illusion that the person was in fact standing I front of me. With the time line being old I can see that as his work progress he got better at what his idea was to improve the picture.

This galleries made me think of interesting and different ways on making photographs. Creating an unique vision to the same object others can see can make someone stand out from the rest.

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  1. rmichals

    One of the most interesting things about the show to me was that there were many photographers included from countries other than the United States including Martin Chambi. I was unfamiliar with his work before seeing this exhibit. He was from Peru and was a studio photographer who also documented his own indigenous culture. I read a little about him here:


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