Richard Billingham is an English photographer who is best known for the photobook “Rays’s a Laugh” published in 1996 where he documents the life of his alcoholic father Ray and his obese mother Liz.
Here is a video of the book: https://vimeo.com/36929439
Ray’s a Laugh is thought to be a portrayal of the poverty and deprivation in which Richard grew up in. The photos were taken on the cheapest film he could buy and many are shown to be out of focus which adds authenticity to them. Although at first the book shows Ray to be an alcoholic and Liz to be a chain-smoking obese woman it also shows through their personalities as well as, at glance, their bad habits such as Liz’s love for puzzles. He also made landscape photographs of places of personal significance around the Black Country in which he produced another book and also experimented with video films and video projections.
Sally Mann is an American photographer, best known for her large black and white photographs, at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
In 1992 she published a book called ‘Immediate Family’ which documents the lives of her three children at and around her woodland home. All photos were taken on an 8 by 10 inch view camera.
Both photographer’s work relates to my idea but I prefer Richard Billingham’s work better as it relates to my idea more. He took photos of the normal everyday/familiar where as Sally Mann composed her pictures and set them up e.g giving her daughter a cigarette to hold in the photograph because the liked the way it looked and thought it added authenticity not because her daughter actually smoked. Where as Richard Billingham photographed his mother and fathers habits and showed what his normal everyday life was like.
A photographer who shot portraits in Singapore to reconnect with the people who he met through the subject of photography whether he had met them just one or many times they were still familiar faces to him.
This post helped me because it gave me an insight on different styles of portraiture i could do when documenting my family. It also gave an insight into a possible studio set up that i could use including equipment such as a beauty dish.
I also used another blog to give me an insight on how someone else has “photographed the familiar and everyday” as i plan to.
This blog gave me ideas on how to photograph my family.
When doing the shoot at my great grandmas house i massively used this photograph for influence when shooting the image of my great grandmas house.