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Hunting and trawling : two modes of perverse photography (1st paper) The title of this paper relates to two methods of making photographs of people in situations where the photographer and subjects do not really know each other and, more importantly, do not enter into any contract on how, when or where the photograph is \taken\". I call these approaches \"Hunting\" and \"Trawling\". They enable me to arrive at a kind of \"Rerverse\" photograph. \"Perverse photography'' means self-willed indecorous and unconventional photography. Why bother deliberately breaking broadly practised codes of portrait photography? (Most photographers choose not to and they don't encounter any of the problems to which I shall allude later in the paper.) Weegee Klein and Winogrand : antecedent peversity (2nd paper) In this paper I shall examine self-willed \"perverse\" and bad mannered photography as practiced by three artists: Weegee (Arthur Fellig 1891-1968) William Klein (b.1928) and Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). Each of these people were raised in New York U.S.A. in families on the lower end of the socio-economic scale. Each of them are widely known for their photography of the people of New York. The specific city is not critical - but New York is a very large 'Western\" city and this is important to their work. The three exhibited a compulsion to photograph - an immediacy which was apparently driven by a photographically violent response to the \"Big City\"- and a voracious voyeurism."
Rights statementCopyright 1990 the author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 1991. Includes bibliographical references