Negative Space

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  1. Bob Carnie

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    I am going to be visiting a University Photography program to judge a students project on Negative Space in a couple of weeks.
    I think of Avedon's use of negative space in his fashion portraits.
    He seemed to surround his subjects wonderfully with bold whites surrounding luscious clothing and garmets and to me a good example of using the background indoors and outdoors.

    Any other photographers work that you can think of that use negative space to create a wonderful image.??

    ***I do remember someone posting on this site a cloud formation that resembled an object, but to me it looked altered and not a natural composition, I would like to be proven wrong as it would then be incredible.***

    any help would be appreciated
     
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    Bob,

    NO TAN by, Dorr Bothwell the best $10.00 or $12.00 you will spend

    Dorr was an instructor at Ansels workshops in the 70's

    Jan Pietrzak
     
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    ralph gibson
     
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    Steichen comes to mind. Minor White. Newman maybe. Let's see.. more recently, I was introduced to Sarah Moon and there is one photogrpah in particular which I find extremely effective in this regard, The Juggler, Circus (2002). She uses very stark black spaces in many mages, which set off the colours and subjects very well.

    I am really big on negative space myself, and though I doubt I am the person you refer to with the cloud, I have gotten various inquiries about this shot and how I "did" it. (Some people see a downwards facing horse...) Anyway I won't argue about the effectiveness of the negative space, it's what I wanted and that's that :wink: I use lots of negative space sometimes... a lot of people do. 'Nothing' can add balance.
     
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    Not to be fishing too close to home, but our own Bill Schwab came to mind the second I read your question. He has a great knack for surrounding his subjects with a whole lot of useful "nothing".
     
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    I must be daft.
    I have three of Bills on display in our gallery right now..

    Keith , great images, but not the ones, I think Ralph L was looking at these and asking who the artist was.

    Keep all the stuff coming
     
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    Along the same lines as Avedon, Irving Penn was a master at it. And agree, Arnold Newman is one to look at. Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Robert Mapplethorpe are three more I think used negative space very well.
     
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    Edw. Weston, especially in his non-commercial portrait work. and ManRay.
     
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    regarding the cloud photo, shomei tomatsu's photo comes to mind...
     
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    Michael Kenna who was influenced by Brandt and many of those in turn influenced by Kenna. No names come immediately to mind but I recall looking at the work of Japanese photographers over the years who used negative space very powerfully.
    Also in terms of a very well known image, I've always thought Moonrise, Hernandez was a great example of using negative space to create a strong sense of scale in the landscape.