After I watched the video, I do not think Robert Frank’s photographs are artistic at all. He captured so many Americans with no political message. All he had done is photograph people the way they are, without changing or staging anything. Very pure photographs of the Americans. Maybe, Robert Frank didn’t find any happy person to photograph or people were really struggling back in the days. He just did what he loved to do, capture streets, people and understand the Americans. I found Robert Frank is a unique photographer with a pure style.
After reading the article and viewing the photograph over and over, I believe that The Death of a Loyalist Soldier is not a staged photograph. No one gets to capture this kind of photograph, this is why people hardly believe that it is real. Also, I am trying to understand Rober Capa that why did he risk himself to go to the Spanish Civil War, to stage a photograph or capture good shots? He could have done a staged photograph anywhere in the world without risking his life. That’s why the photograph is not fake. It is a very sad capture, but it is real and greatest war photograph.
After I read the article ” Food Instagrammers Turn Their Accounts Into Professions” on the Wall Street Journal, it is really amazing that how people take advantage of the technology and applications for marketing. I believe that any kind of photography can be an art. Famous instagrammers visit places and photograph some food, hired by the owners, and marketing places. Nowadays, everyone needs to take advantage on everything to be more successful and grow their business. Either an artist could photograph any kind of food and make millions and call this as an “ART” but an instagrammers photographs any type of food in a restaurant to make money or marketing and this doesn’t consider as an “ART.” Both people make money in different ways. I really don’t see the differences in between, although I don’t look at food photographs on instagram as a marketing strategy.
In my culture, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We spend some time with breakfast in my country. Breakfast gives you the most energy, lots of vitamins, and helps your body to start working immediately. When I have my breakfast before I leave home, I am always so happy and more energic. Each culture has different ways to prepare and eat breakfast. When I first came to the US, I was totally shocked. People eat bagels, croissant, pancakes, waffles, even steak with some eggs. I still do not find any of these right. It is easy, and simple. I believe in there is no breakfast culture in American culture. Breakfast is a quick snack for children, created by busy parents in the US. I think breakfast is the one of the keys to success in education, business or personal life.
Walker Evans created a very uncommon style that photograph people the way they are without a pose or anything else. I believe these photographs are the best ones. It is really hard not to smile when you see a camera. People always look different when they pose to the camera. Walker Evans did the hardest part and photographed people how they look, who and what they are. Walker Evans’s photographs are not stage, and that’s what I like about it. This makes his collection very unique. I still see the same expression on people faces, and their daily lives then and now. Everyone is minding their own business. Some are going to work, some are going to school or coming back from work. Everyone is busy with something! Now, I wonder why did he wait such a long time to publish these photographs?
Food is an important part of any celebration for everyone, not only main events that we all hear about, more small everyday family and friend celebrations. Nowadays, everyone goes out to have dinner to have fun like trying new chefs, new cuisines, new fusion kitchens. Also all the weddings, holiday dinners, conference dinners, business dinners are the different way the present yourself and connect with others. I believe food brings people together.
When the texture of food comes out, there are color, size, presentation, taste and so many other things. Texture of food reminds me a eggplant all the time, eggplant can be used for the most rich dishes, it taste very rich when it cooks. People usually put some salt on it before they cook it to lower the amount of fat absorb during cooking. A couple weeks ago, me and my classmates prepared an eggplant dish, and I’ve heard from some students that they never liked the eggplant before. Once we finished the cooking, it was the time for tasting. All the dishes looked very tasty. We all tasted our dish and everybody liked it. The taste, the feeling in the mouth, the presentation was perfect.
I think coffee was a necessary drink to keep the soldiers aware and heated also a big psychological boost for them. I think it was a great way to motivate the soldiers, I believe coffee was the only thing that reminds the home town to the soldiers and coffee was the best thing on the menu. It is very expensive and very hard to feed an army. They have to use very simple food and must be easy to cook and carry it one place to another. Also food has to stay good for a long time. You do not want to poison your soldiers by mistake during the war. The most fascinating thing about the Civil War is that they learnt very quickly how to manage their food and how to cook it.
I think taking a photograph of the food is a big art. It has showed everybody’s daily life and culture over the years. While the time goes quickly, your need would change as well. People’s need keep changing all the time, so it is always better to taking photographs what was your culture and what it is now. Food plays a big role in cultures. All these photographs will present us in the future. After centuries people will look at the photographs of our food culture and will try to understand how was our eating habits, how healthy we were and how creative we were. Same for us, now we look at the photographs of the food last 50-100 years and figuring out how was their food culture, what was the food like, photographing the food was an art? Photographing the food is an art, just like the producing and presenting the food. I believe who ever takes a photograph of the food, is creating a documentary for future, without knowing it.