Encountering Culture: Considering output and presentation

My prints are black and white so I would like to create a black/white space around my prints. This is so they look more professional and I think it will compliment the images quite well. The reason I am going with black/white as it won’t take distraction away from the prints themselves.
My images do not really have a story to them, so I think having the prints on a wall as opposed to in a book would work better. However, I am still to look at which order I will place my images in.

Does size matter?

Exhibition can hold prints of all sizes. The following work by Andreas Gursky are very high resolution images that are printed to a very large scale.

These images work when printed large as there is so much within the frame to be looked at. With my images, if I was to print them to a similar scale, it wouldn’t really work as there is just the one subject in the image.

Another way of presenting images can be a to small scale. The work below is the exhibition of Rinko Kawauchi held for the Deutsche Borse award. I find this very distracting as all the prints are different sizes and you are not too sure where to look. The works from this exhibition are very strong and show a lot of emotion, however, it is said that the photographer lost out on the award due to the presentation. This is an example of how important this factor is.

How can you control how your work is viewed?

The following work is by Corinne Silva and is titles ‘Imported Landscapes’

This image was taken in Spain. On the billboard you can see a similar landscape to which the photo is taken in. Infact, this image was taken in Morocco. Images like this allow the viewer to think that something is possibly going to happen to the area.

This image is also taken in Spain. As the print is left on the board, it starts to where away after time. Silva left these as they were as she believed it represented the world this way.  Her aim with this work was to create links between different geographical sites.

The work below by Martin Parr is of a similar theme. Using the subjects of the photographs, he would then place these in the specified room. For example,

Imagery of a private jet plane on the walls of what is made to look like an aeroplane.

From this, I have learnt that for particular works, the best presentation can sometimes be the simplest one.

Selecting images:

When selecting images for presenting, you need to make sure that all the images are within the same theme, have the correct meaning to them. The images below show child murderer Myra Hindley. As a murderer, you think bad things about them, and are not really the type of person you would like to associate yourself with. Like in the image below. The mugshot of the dull nasty expression suggests something bad about this character.

However, if we look at the above image, the expressions on the faces of the couple don’t exactly tell us ‘murderers’.


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