Framing The World Through My Photographs

Assignment 2 – Presentation

Student Presentations (25% of the final grade.)

You will prepare a short illustrated talk that investigates the working practices of your given practitioners. This project enables you to see, research and explore the work of a wide range of photographers/artists and to consider links between their numerous bodies of work. Workshops in PowerPoint/keynote, scanning, library and research skills are introduced to support this project.

Each student will make a 10 minute presentation on their allocated subjects. These will be allocated by lot in week two and it will be your responsibility to thoroughly research your subject matter. You can present in anyway you feel fit, but if an existing DVD is used as reference, this element can only take up a maximum of 2 minutes and you will be assessed on its relevance.

Your talk must not simply be a biography but instead should aim to focus on specific areas/bodies of work or even single images which you will link to the other photographer’s practices in your list.

You may choose to create a PowerPoint/keynote/Prezi/movie/MP3 etc for your presentation, but it is your responsibility to ensure that your files are compatible with the machine provided.

The studio iMac with PowerPoint and keynote will be available plus data projector. All material should be uploaded and tested prior to the session start.

ALL final presentations must be uploaded onto the iMac between 09:00 and 09:30 on Tuesday 6th November. 

I was given the topic of moments using the photographers , Robert Capa, Henri Cartier- Bresson and Lee Miller.

The Notes I Used During My Presentation


  • For my presentation I will be looking at the theme of moments. I will be looking at Robert capa, henri cartier-bresson and lee miller

Slide 2

  • When researching all of my photographers I found that they were all described as photojounalists.
  • Photojournalists create stories with one image or a series of images.
  • They could also be known as documentary photographers.

Slide three

  • Robert capa’s career started in 1933 in paris when he became interestred and started to record from that moment he started to record the concern for people caught up in war.
  • Capa is prodomenantly a combat photographer and photojournalist.
  • He covered different wars including the Spanish civil war, sino- japanease war, ww2 and the battle of Normandy also known as d-day.
  • Capa always got stuck into the action of war, which ultimately cost him his life.
  • In 1954 capa, had traveled to japan, for an exhibition associated with Magnum photos (a company capa and Bresson set up together). A french regiment, capa, and a few other photographers were traveling through a partically dangerous area, where capa had decided to go ahead, where he stepped on a landmine – capa was announced dead in the field hospital.

Slide 4

  • Geneva, June 30th, 1936
  • This image shows an Italian journalist at the league of nations, where m    was heckling to interrupt Halie Selassie’s speech.
  • When the journalist carried on protesting the police men clapped there hands over his mouth.
  • The slight blurred nature of the image of the image shows capa had to react to that certain moment quickly to schieve this photograph.

Slide 5

  • This is one of capa original contact sheets.
  • I am not entirely sure as to which war this contact sheet depicts
  • Whilst reading through Capa’s book Photographs, I came across a quote said by capa’s brother Cornel Capa, which I thought described him well.
  • This is the quote – ‘Capa was by nature and by profession a storyteller, and his contact sheets present a narative continuity from certain pictures – those that capture decisive moments .’

Slide 6

  • This is a seris of photographs that I have scanned in from his book.
  • The left hand image shows a dead America soldier who had been shot by an American sniper.
  • The right hand images show the us comrades rushing down to the street, finding several german soldiers on of which was the sniper.
  • Capa managed to capture a moment of solidarity from the us comrades for the fallen soldier.

Slide 7

  • This is probably Capa’s most well known and most controversial image.
  • The image is thought to depict the death of a soldier during the Spanish civil war.
  • The soldier was later identified as Federico Garcia.
  • In Spain there were allegations from the start that the picture was staged, but outside of Spain the picture was believed to be a true documentary image.
  • Although most people will still believe thy are looking at a true moment of war, there is still a lot of controversy  as to whether the image was staged or not.

Slide 8

  • This is on of the few images Capa took on d –day .
  • Capa took 106 pictures in a couple hours during the invasion, however a mistake occurred in the darkroom, where the dryer was set too high and the emulsion in the negatives of three whole rolls and half of the fourth, were ruined
  • Only eight frames were recovered, this being one of them.

Slide 9

  • Henri cartier-bresson, was a French photographer.
  • Often know ah the father of photo journalisim.
  • In his early years Bresson focused more on drawing and painting which later lead on to the experimentation with photography.
  • Bresson said the photography is another form of drawing.
  • 1947 bresson along with capa set up magnum photos.
  • Whilst doing my research on Bresson I watched a short documentary on youtube called the decisive moment, which was spoken by bresson himself..

Slide 10

  • This is a screen shot from the documentary I watched on you tube.
  • The images is called Siphnos, Greece,1961
  • When looking at the image on the documentary, Bresson said that people always used to ask him, how many photographs did he take.
  • He replied, there is no rule, I just wait for the moment I want to capture.
  • For this image he said that he got two results, on with a preist walking past which he found awkward and got rid of , and this on which showed the girl in the perfect position for this photograph.

Slide 11

  • In this image, Bresson  has managed to capture perfect moment in which the  gentlemen was in the air after jumping over the puddle. The reflection adds even more interest into this image.

Slide 12

  • In Bresson documentary the decisive moment Bresson said, DON’T OVER SHOOT,SOMETIMES THE MOMENT IS IN BETWEEN THE SHUTTER.
  • I feel this is sums up this images wall as this outcome could have been very different if he had release the shutter at a different moment.

Slide 13

  • Although this is not a typical image people ae used to seeing from Bresson. He explained he still uses the theory of moment.
  • In the documentary Bresson said he would top toe around the person as not to disturb, so thsat he could get a natural reaction, like this image of Matisse.

Slide 14

  • I have pulled quotes from decisive moments, which I felt fit with the theme of moments.
  • ‘NEVER THINK JUST REACT’ – this quote fits perfectly with my theme, because if you think to much the moment could have already passed.
  • LIFE IS FLUID, SOMETIMES THE PICTURE HAS DISSAPPEARD AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, YOU CAN ASK A PERSON, SMILE AGAIN.’ – in bresson’s field of photography this would be correct, as the moment won’t be real it will because staged.
  • ‘LIFE IS ONCE, FOREVER’- it is very unlikely that a photographer will be able to capture the exact moment again.

Slide 15

  • Lee Miller, was an American photographer
  • She assisted man ray and was often used as his muse.
  • After learning as much as she could about photography she set up her own assignments from channel and vogue.
  • In 1945  she became a war correspondent with the US air force, which she had access to soldiers on the front line as well as Nazi war crimes.
  • Her post war photography captured the true horror of the concentration camps.

Slide 16

  • All of these images are post ww2 and during liberations of concentration camps.
  • Although these typical in the way they show a moment, no one can truly re0create these horrific scenes , to show the same emotion, Millers images give the viewer.

How I Felt My Presentation Went.

I felt my presentation went better than expected as my presentation lasted 10 minutes, which I was surprised at as I have a tendency     to rush through my words when presenting.I felt that sometimes when i was trying to get my opinions across I struggled to explain myself.


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