Man Ray: the Marquise Casati, 1922
Physical likeness in this image is very much of a surrealist nature, the likeness to the actual face we have duplication of the eyes, we also have two separate prints one which is a negative and of course is the traditional way that we would usually see an image, there are two images of likeness one that perhaps we see with the human eye, one which the camera sees that is subsequently processed as the print. We also see evidence of a lot of grain making it less discernible, reduction in detail is noticeable but the features are very prominent, making the features the main focus of the image, this presentation would be slightly different to the way they perhaps should be seen by the human eye. As seen through the lens. We do of course still have the physical likeness of the person because we are still able to determine the features the structure of the face, their complexion, perhaps, the colour of skin and hair, the darkness of the eyes which essentially we can only see structured shadows which are limited to black and white; if displayed in colour would have a different dimension. We can see the monochrome values of their likeness. We can of course understand the typology used by Man Ray by the negative and nonnegative as they are composed to merge as a piece and so he is also replicated this style of photographs duplicated eyes we can start to look at people in a different way and changes the perspective, in this surrealist vision that Man Ray displays. We are able to see the physical features of the person but we are not able to connect with their personality as they are a very rigid and emotionless format for Man Ray’s purposes and therefore not pertaining to the model’s audience.
The first Bill Brandt image shows the newspaper as a prop this aids as informing the audience that he is well informed regarding the extrinsic world, not this helps to imply that he is educated but of course he is engaged with the audience as opposed to the newspaper. The subject appears melancholic like they have just read the most shocking, destructive, powerful article that he’s experiencing critical debate within his head. So we start to wonder as the viewer, how significant the prop has become, the depiction embroiders the straight and mundane reflecting our preconceived ideas of an educated, informed man there is no need to justify himself to an audience the traits are already evident. The image sequence has kept the high contrast in grain of the monochrome, all images showing literally black and white and lack grey or fine detail. They are all composed in a typology of composition. Conversely the second image the model is off centre and there are always other objects within the image as alternate focus they are distracted and disconnected displaying an emotionless face we are drawn to the image as a reflection and contemplative image the extra dimensions add to its surreal quality.
The way the subject matter is chosen aims to engage the imagination of the public, they are displaying the news in a sensationalised biased manner. This newspaper article is non educational, is somewhat fact twisting and corrupted it appeals to some mindsets that wish to believe the facts displayed, and therefore it condones the Syrian airstrikes as a means of killing some” Isis” members. Therefore trying to justify the actions but omitting the pictures of murdered innocent people. The picture implies that the Syrian people are worthless and the members of Isis are the only relevant features.
The scene of the landscape of the Syrian airstrikes is almost a peaceful tranquil photograph but with planes flying in the sky it depicts an illusion; almost a picturesque photo the image is meaningless, not depicting the horror of the actions or harm of all the innocence. We can see that politicians promoting this action as a means to justify the actions and slaughter of the innocent is irrelevant.
In this article all stories are almost about terrorism as we see someone being stabbed in Pound- land. The emphasis is on a low social class criteria both the persons involved were from a similar background, We then have police investigating a student looking at the propaganda of Isis and therefore implying the student is a terrorist himself when in fact he’s just investigating and researching for his homework. We see in this newspaper the use of class as a tool of judgement. We also see football fans behaviour commented on. An elderly man who appears jubilant is apparently now ill due to the weather in England. The article displays the blaming of terrorism and the affiliated blame culture to justify why a man has murdered another man in both portraits the subjects photographed have a darker skin. The bias is surrounded by the assumption that terrorist have a darker skin. The denotation of both portraits do show their physical likeness, we also see both portraits that they are men devoid of emotion but in the one where the man has murdered another man we see an sad remorseful face, an assumption that he may be depressed. There, justifying his need to murder another person. There maybe a suggestion that he is also part of a gang when in fact there is little evidence. The prejudice sets the pre determined destination and this article reinforces that ideology.
The picture displays a stereotypical image of how the public perceive the working man, the ones who provides for the women and families, the wage earner, the manual tasks the provider of the home to live in; the pivotal role of the woman is not in evidence. The female role, for example the ones who take the children to school provide the nursing and means for their wellbeing, the people that keep the whole family together historically ongoing throughout the time. This shows men with great integrity, noble, cooperative and gentlemanly. We may however see this in the photograph but perhaps it was very different in those times as most women did not have any right to provide for themselves, the expectation was that the women just cared for the children and was seen to be a good wife and make sure all the husband’s needs are met, as for the children they wouldn’t see a lot their father, the child would start working from a very young age because they would very likely be in debt to their parents and therefore be obliged to do everything asked of them, the woman had few rights and so they are dictated throughout their lives by men. We do see physical likeness, the destination, aspiration for men at this time seems self-determined, likewise the notion of them is proportionally the same, and though not their natural self but a manifestation of society’s norms they are a pictorial representation of an impoverished class. In both these images men are depicted in a very different ways due to perhaps societies norms and the evolution of time, the latter picture the men are the heroes as we see men having to work more hours. The second image displays the tyrannical elements of the perceived male’s characteristics. We do however see the absence of females in both of these because we still see men as being the more dominant gender in the society. Historically society depicted females as objectified creatures, however the full equalities of gender have yet to be fully realised we are still generalising and not recognising the person individuality.