Some Contextual Research

I would like to relate my encyclopaedia to the artists that inspired me.

First is Martin Parr, with his work on the BBC documentary ‘Signs of Times’mp4 1 His work around a wide variety of homes gives an overall view of the fashions and decor of homes in the UK in the 90’s. mp1 1 Many of us still remember the floral carpets and the patterns from our parents houses, but it is easy to see how things have moved on.mp3 1 There is also a great deal that we can relate to, as under every picture in the book there is a quote from the home owner talking about the things in the picture, the people in their home, or their home in general. The pictures and quotes are not labeled with a name, so the viewer is forced to judge the book as a whole, not on individual people.

Second is Larry Sultan, a photographer that created a body of work called ‘Pictures From Home’. In this series, the main subjects were his Mother and Father in their home. Larry Sultan asked them to act out certain scenes and poses.

Unlike the documentary style of Martin Parr, Larry Sultan has posed shots, turning the series into more of a drama. The photographs are taken in his parents home, so the representation of the style is still a major factor that plays in these scenes.

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The last is Sophie Calle, a french photographer who found great curiosity in the personal lives of guests staying at a hotel where she was a chamber maid.

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 14.10.56 This series is filled with the mysteries that one might wonder about hotel rooms, and in her book, she describes at length about the people who stayed there, and created a fiction and narrative to the many photographs she took of the borrowed spaces.

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