Class assignment:replicate a great artist's work.

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  1. celery

    celery TPF Noob!

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    Here's the deal, I'm in a photography class (no I'm not a beginner, I just wanted to have access to a darkroom and get feedback for my work), anyway, we have two weeks to pick a photographer and try to make an exact copy of one of their pieces.

    I'm doing my best to search for various artists, but I keep running into problems such as . . .

    Location. I'm not rich, I can't get in a plane and fly to where ever I want.

    People. Unless they're in shadow or masked in some way, I can't get that same person to come pose for me.


    My current pick is Girl of Taos by Ansel Adams:
    http://www.agallery.com/Pages/photographers/photos/aadams/AA004GirlofTaos1930.jpg

    It's something that I could fairly easily re-create and the face is non-descript enough that I could get by without needing much of a resemblence.

    Also Edward Weston:
    http://www.artnet.com/artwork_images_613_114477_edward-weston.jpg
    http://www.photogrowth.com/images/blog/2006/0429_Weston.jpg


    I'm looking for suggestions. Many of you have much more photographic knowledge than I, and if you could recall either some artists or pieces of work that I could look at, I would appreciate it.
     
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    mortallis288 TPF Noob!

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    pepper number 30 or some odd number to that effect would not be easy to create considering the awesome value but what about landscapes of ansel adams? http://www.masters-of-photography.com/ is an awesome site to look at famous peoples work
     
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    brighteyesphotos TPF Noob!

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    I doubt they want an exact replica. I would assume your instructor is expecting you to re-create a photo using your local scene and people. Why not do a google search on street photography? There are A LOT of scenes that you could easily re-create within your city.
     
  4. Have you looked at Robert Mapplethorpe's work?
     
  5. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    "we have two weeks to pick a photographer and try to make an exact copy of one of their pieces"

    You might want to pick an obscure Photographer because what you are being asked to do is copyright infringement. Is your instructor aware of this?
     
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    How is mimicking someone's work a copyright infringement? If you were to take someone's work and sell it or display it without their permission or to call their images your own, that would be a copyright violation, but there is no violation if you are making your own image.
     
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    blackdoglab yeah I'm easy.... but I'm not cheap

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    Try Diane Arbus' work. Her images were fairly simply made but very compelling. Otherwise check out some of the artists on toycamera.com
     
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    RMThompson the TPF moderators rock my world!

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    I imagine the point is to show that even if you INTEND on taking a certain photograph, it would be pretty damn near impossible to take that photo again.
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The infringement comes when you are trying to duplicate someone's work and "exact copy" fits that bill.

    Of course you can take a photo of the same things that have been photographed before but to recreate someone's work w/o permission is where the lawyers can get involved.

    Again, not that they would, but I thought it strange that an instructor of photography would be that sloppy with the copyright laws.

    mike
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's a class assignment; it has been clearly outlined as such. Weston did not get a copyright on photographing twisted peppers. Technique, lighting and composition are the lessons here; not how to swipe someone's image and pass it off as your own. I'm sure the instructor is quite comfortable with the nature of this assignment.
     
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    Efergoh TPF Noob!

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    What if I took a photo of a photo?
     
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    that would be the same thing as putting the photo in a flatbed scanner
     

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