Exercise 2.5: Text in Art (additional research in Text in Photography)

For this exercise we have to write down between 12- 14 observations in as similar manner of Richard Long’s textworks.

I decided to write down my observations during a short walk.  I decided to walk a very short part of the Camino de Santiago. The path which passing through Pamplona. From La Cuidadela up to few minutes after the University of Navarra.


In some browsers it does not show the map. If that is the case try with the internet expoler or whatever it is called at the moment.

The map below is print screen the approximate area I walked. Somehow walking a special path makes the walking more special. Good to reflect. Most of the observations was though in the part close to the La Cuidadela (park in the top right of the map).


I wrote down my observations.  As described in page 71 for the Land art or Earth arts, I did not describe only what I was seeing but also my thoughts. I think that there is an interesting story telling on these observations. In the last part of this exercise we have also to find a way to present this text. I decided to keep it simple. You can see the images below. I like to keep things simple sometimes.

Further to this exercise I did some research in the use of text in photography.

I have an interest in the use of text in images either combined with photos or not. I have collected links online but never actually sit down and reflect on them.

I think this exercise is a good motivation to do so.

http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/15418#  (accessed on 27/06/2016)

Interesting concept, work by Martha Rosler. I like the way of presenting and the use of black and white photography.  Sometimes the use of words not connected to phrases are also effected

http://whitney.org/WatchAndListen?play_id=476  (accessed on 27/06/2016) an audio file for the above work

http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=41206 (accessed on 27/06/2016)

Here the text is one of the main elements of the image, not added by the photographer just captured. Interesting image.



http://www.jeffreywolin.com/written.shtml (accessed on 27/06/2016)

Interesting composition of portraits and their stories about the Holocaust

http://www.mocp.org/info.php?s=wolin&t=objects&type=all (accessed on 27/06/2016)

Similar projects from the same artist.

and also

http://edelmangallery.com/artists/artists/o-z/jeffrey-wolin.html (accessed on 27/06/2016)

https://pro.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZHEN (accessed on 27/06/2016)

The work of Jim Goldberg. As a part of a previous course I start a project similar to Humans of New York. I really like this project, However in my mind I had the feeling that somebody has done something similar before. I think the work of Jim Goldberg is one the people worked in that. I really like his work. Also some interesting landscape photography here. While browsing his work I was surprised to see the photos from Greece, I am sad for most of them. Surprised to see that the photos have taken around 10 years ago, when things were better than now. These images exist but maybe the are not full representative (or I hope so).


http://siberart.com/ (accessed on 28/06/2016)

In the “Untitled Project” by Matt Siber the artist removes the text from the images and place them in a blank white image. An interesting different approach.


http://www.alexanderandbonin.com/artist/willie-doherty (accessed on 28/06/2016)

Willie Doherty us one or few worlds in images. They placed like subtitles in movies. Especially in the first images in the link, one word make otherwise simple images really powerful. I think that is a concept I would like to explore. Maybe using words in a contrasting way to the photos. For example, have an image which represent something beautiful and put a word with negative feeling and/ or vice versa.


http://karenknorr.com/photography/gentlemen/ (accessed on 28/06/2016)

Karen Korr places text below photos in this project. He  “photographed in English gentlemen’s clubs in Saint James’ in central London consider the patriarchal values of the English upper middle classes with text constructed out of speeches of parliament and news”. It is interesting as a concept to use photos and not related text combined.

http://www.barbarakruger.com/art.shtml  (accessed on 28/06/2016) or

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=barbara+kruger&biw=1600&bih=799&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwid_4epmcrNAhVLthQKHUAtDjgQiR4IhAE&dpr=1 (accessed on 28/06/2016)


I think the google search for “Barbara Kruger” gives us a better feeling for her work. It is clear that she has a voice. Interesting how effective is the white text in red frame above the black and white photos.


http://www.mocp.org/exhibitions/2000/4/conversations-text-and-image.php (accessed on 28/06/2016)

An interesting article, which was a starting point to find some of the above artists.

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/worklife/careers/a35983/photo-campaign-job-interview-questions/ (accessed on 28/06/2016)

An interesting but sad project,  where girls carry a piece of paper or cardboard with written on the top the worst things that they have been asked during a job interview.

A final link, this is more connected on ways of presenting the text. I have found http://boldomatic.com/ which is kind of social network dedicated on ways of presenting text as an image. I consider using it will see.  However for my current exercise I prefer to use photoshop elements.


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