February 16, 2022

Research Image Manipulation

This research followed watching the Tallis recommended video this week Age of the Image, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Age of the Image, A New Reality, 03:00 06/03/2020, BBC4, 60 mins. https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/158E7D18?bcast=131408235 (Accessed 15 Feb 2022) and Age of the Image, Seductive Dreams, 02:30 17/03/2020, BBC4, 60 mins. https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/15A8149F?bcast=131483106 (Accessed 16 Feb 2022)

Age of the Image, Fake Views, 03:00 24/03/2020, BBC4, 60 mins. https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/15B44510?bcast=131533339 (Accessed 16 Feb 2022)

There are some notable omissions from this page, the first is the work of Cindy Sherman whom I researched heavily for my previous modules work. Others include Gregory Crewdson and Tim Walker I wrote about extensively in another post.

Miniature Sets

Thomas Demand

With coloured paper and cardboard, Thomas Demand meticulously reconstructs interior scenes from photographs of historic events, sometimes at life-size scale, then photographs them. After capturing these facsimiles on camera, Demand destroys them, leaving only photographic evidence of their fleeting existence. Both facets of his conceptual approach allow him to explore collective memory and the nature of truth in our image-saturated era.

James Casebere

James Casebere is known for his constructed photographs that explore aspects of private, public, and historical architectural space. For the past 30 years, he has created complex tabletop models of plaster, Styrofoam, and cardboard in his studio before carefully lighting and photographing his assemblages.

Laurie Simmons

In the mid-1970s, Laurie Simmons began arranging dolls and dollhouse furniture into scenes that she would then photograph. “Setting up small rooms with dolls in them was a way for me to experience photography without taking my camera out to the street,” she explained. “I felt that I could set up my own world right around me, without ever having to leave the studio.”

Richard Tuschman’s “Hopper Meditations”

I watched an artist’s talk by artsrock.org where Richard Tuschman talked about his work creating miniature sets and combining the photographing of the miniatures with photographs of real-life models and then combining them to create Hopper inspired photographs.

Recreating Famous Paintings

Jeff Wall – recreating paintings


Tom Hunter – recreating paintings

The Surreal

Wendy McMurdo

Sandy Skoglund

Anna Gaskell

Employing photography, video, and drawing, Gaskell creates ominous images of women that nod to familiar or historic narratives. “The stories and events that I choose to use as jumping-off points are simply that. They are only a part of what goes into the work, and perhaps a useful reference for viewers,” she explained. “Trying to combine fiction, fact, and my own personal mishmash of life into something new is how I make my work.” 

Julia Fullerton-Batten

Artists capturing time in the still image

Paul Cezanne

I’m intrigued by the idea that Cezanne painted this portrait with the concept of trying to incorporate time into the still image. The shadows within the image seem conflicting but as the painter painted the scene over time the change in direction of the shadows was a natural occurrence. As was the angle and position of his head as he painted. Which produces strange angles of the floor and table.

Marcel Duchamp

Similarly, Duchamp painted a singular still image created by accumulating sequential moments in time.


The following artists and photographers I have also researched in relation to digital compositing and manipulation, however, their work didn’t seem as relevant to my current practice. I’ve left them here to potentially return to for future work. Tom Leighton, Loretta Lux, Paul M. Smith, Kelli Connell and Karen Knorr. Furthermore, the following artists have been researched in terms of staged photography: Sam TaylorJohnson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Yinka Shonibare, Mitra Tabrizian, Hannah Starkey, Izima Kaoru and Trish Morrissey.
Smith, Peter, and Carolyn Lefley. Rethinking Photography : Histories, Theories and Education, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.