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Fianl Exam

ALEXANDER QUINTON BRUNET

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Written Portion Robert Frank is a Swiss born photographer who. Frank was born in a strictly business oriented family and used photography as a means to escape this structured world. Before leaving to the United States he was mentored by a couple fashion photographer and graphic designers and released a photo set named “40 Foto”. Frank moved to the United States in 1947 because of the threat posed by Nazi Germany’s anti Semitic regime, who were occupying many distracts of eastern Europe. He gained citizenship and moved to New York City where he quickly obtained a job for the popular fashion magazine “ Harpers Bazzar”. 1Frank loved America for a while but as he travelled the world for various photography jobs he became bitter and began to see American as lonely and for its shallow and money hungry characteristics. He decided he wanted to create a photo book based of this idea of America. With help from friend he received a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1955. He took his family on the road around American for the next two years. He travelled through out American touching almost every metropolis as well as small villages and community. He travelled to such cities as Detroit, Reno , New Orleans , Salt lake city , Chicago and the list goes on. After his two-year trek he returned to New York bearing approximately twenty eight thousand photos. He filtered through the photos where he picked only eighty-three of the photos to put in his book. He published the book in 1958 first in France by Robert Delpire and then In the United States by Grove press the following year. Frank’s work was known for it’s unusual and “against the grain” style. The photos focus would often be off point with low exposures and unusual cropping. What intrigues me the most about his photos are the grungy, disturbing, black and white characteristics. These characteristics are quite normal to the time to his period due to the low advancement of cameras. But the photos frank captures are different from other photographers work mostly due to their subject matter. He captures a moment that would also portray those themes of a grungy & disturbing nature, his photos were beautiful yet disturbing. It seems like Frank would concentrate on capturing the moment rather then all the technical aspects of photography, which I thoroughly admire seeing as to many photographer would concentrate on the technical aspect. Of course these are important but without capturing a solid moment there is nothing interesting about a photo.

Watercolor seemed to me as one of the most unique illustration mediums thus far. The use of water and its ability to dilute the paint made shading a much easier task compared to a medium such as marker. Also this medium was very elegant in it’s movement. Using the paintbrush, toothbrush, straws and simple movement of the canvas would bring out a sense of nature to the piece; it would add the aspect of natural movement and of waters relationship to gravity. The down side to its easy movement is the challenge of outlining, illustrating and trying to depict a subject matter clearly. Due to this challenge I decided to create a piece that concentrated more on the outline and background rather the actual symbol/object. Out of all the illustration mediums I could confidently say it is my third favorite medium behind graphite and fine liner.

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