Assignment 1: ‘Portrait of an Anarchist’

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

In our last group session, we discussed the various types of editorial photography were being produced throughout publications, in particular, newspapers and magazines. Throughout the session, we were encouraged to gain a basic insight into the genres/niches that appeal to us and why.

From this, we were set our first assignment for which we have been asked to take a portrait of an ‘anarchist’.

Professional Practice – Editorial Assignment 01
Portrait of an Anarchist

anarchy|ˈanəki|
noun [ mass noun ]
1 a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or
other controlling systems: he must ensure public order in a country threatened with
anarchy.
2 absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual,
regarded as a political ideal.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia,
from anarkhos, from an- ‘without’ + arkhos ‘chief, ruler’.

anarchist|ˈanəkɪst|
noun
a person who believes in or tries to bring about anarchy.

adjective
relating to or supporting anarchy or anarchists: an anarchist newspaper.

Between now (the briefing date) and the next session (Tues 16th April) you are to produce an
image in response to the assignment title, an image of one of life’s alternative characters; the
title to the brief should sum-up up what you are looking for.

For group tutorial you are to present a print of your final image, no smaller than A5, no larger
than A4.

To accompany this assignment, there must be research evident on your blog, upon final
submission, of research into editorial photography; define and reflect upon who’s shooting it,
which publications are commissioning it, what styles are being used?

My initial response to this was a mixture of intrigue and concern. The subject of human portraiture is a fairly new development for me as a photographer, much of my creative approach involves natural landscapes and animals. Thus, this brief will offer a new and challenging task in regards to creative technique and composition.

Upon thinking of an anarchist, I had considered a friend of my partner, Jamie Herbert. Jamie is a Zoology student  at the University of Salford who considers himself to be an anarchist, expressing a desire for the rejection and deconstruction of government and authority so that the individuals within the social system can have the freedom to live as they wish.

However, what I find quite interesting about Jamie as a subject is the fact that he doesn’t fit the cliched representation of a chaotic anarchist. He finds the notion of anarchy meaning chaos to be a negative stereotype.

I will aim to contact him and see if would be available over the Easter break

I will continue to research editorial photography and begin to research the concept of anarchy, in particular, the options available for a portrait of this type.

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