Allan Ramsay, An Analysis

        Allan Ramsay, a Scottish portrait painter in the 18th century, had a unique style of painting. A majority of Ramsay’s work revealed many important elements, which reflected the royal society and beliefs of the 18th century. Most of which, was inspired by numerous Italian and French painters such as his goodContinue reading “Allan Ramsay, An Analysis”

“The Photographic Message”

         Roland Barthes’ semiotic theory focuses on a structured system of signs, specifically photographs, as social phenomena. His theory emphasizes how these signs are codes of cultural knowledge and ideologies. In order to fully comprehend all of the implied meanings in an image, one must understand the cultural background that is revealed toContinue reading ““The Photographic Message””

Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis: Two Documentary Photographers

Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis: Two Documentary Photographers       Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis, two 20th century documentary photographers, captured photographs of the living conditions and everyday life struggles of immigrants and lower class families in New York City. Living in New York, they became fascinated with the everyday lifestyles of people around them, bothContinue reading “Helen Levitt and Jacob Riis: Two Documentary Photographers”

Response on Truth and Photography

“…but their complete success in aligning so much precise observation with such a wide and intellectually appropriate range of critical thought makes them unique in the entire literature on photography, at least as far as I am acquainted with it.” – Jerry L. Thompson    In response to the article, “Truth and Photography”, I believeContinue reading “Response on Truth and Photography”