For this task we had to chose a good photo and a bad photo in order to discuss them. I actually decided to compare two photos of the same photographer, Richard Avedon
‘In memory of late Mr. and Mrs. Comfort, A Fable in 24 Episodes’ by Richard Avedon
I have chosen this photo as a good photo because it is aesthetically pleasing the eye and arouses my interest in order to get more into it, to interpret and to understand its meaning, this, from my point of view being a very important thing in a good photo. This portfolio aroused my interest from the first moment I saw it, especially this photo, one of the reasons being the framing; there are no extra or unwanted objcets that can distract the viewer from the main idea, that this portfolio represents, “a violent cariacature of a world of thin women and rich men who are — at the end of the day — dust like the rest of us mortals.” Another thing that make this photo a good photo, is the composition: the subject is perfectly framed and is the centre of attention in the photo. The cold colors support the main idea and the meaning of this photo, the focus point is her face reflected in the half cutted mirror behind which is placed the skeleton of her late husband, which also is sending a clear message.
Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent by Richard Avedon (14 June 1981)
I have chosen this photo as a bad photo, compared to his work. It doesn’t really catches my attention in a good way. The first thing that I’ve noticed when I first saw this photo, were her legs, that are completely cut off from her knees down along with the snakes tail. Another thing would be her bracelet; from my point of view, it is completely irrelevant, there is no need for it.