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Much also depends on the way your pictures are physically presented - how they relate to any adjacent pictures, whether they appear on pages you turn or are isolated in frames hung on the wall. Some photographers add slogans, quotations or factual or literary captions when presenting their work to clarify it, to give an extra 'edge' by posing questions, or even purposely to confuse the pictures. They often rate word and image as equally important. It is an approach which has worked well in the past (see examples by Duane Michals, Jim Goldberg and Barbra Kruger). In less able hands literary additions can become a gimmick or a sign of weakness, patching up an inability to express yourself through pictures. They can easily seem pretentious (flowery titles) or patronizing (rhetoric emphasizing something viewers are well able to appreciate for themselves). It is significant that in the advertising world copywriting is a very
Walker Evans, a master of photographing text, grew up in a family closely connected to the advertising world his father was a copywriter. Evans photographed found signage of any kind from billboards to graffiti, including signs on the street, inside buildings, on storefronts, on clothing, in parades, and among people involved in everyday life. In his work, Evans was able to seek out the strange perceptions of man. In The Grand Man (about 1935), he photographed a poster of the body of a man, each part labeled with drawings that represent the signs of the Zodiac, as follows
Editorial advertising photography means working close with designers. Catalogue work, particularly, justifies the use of digital studio photography direct to desktop publishing (DTP). Advertising work is heavily planned -you usually work on a layout within a team including a creative director, a graphic designer and a copywriter. You must be organized to meet tight deadlines.
Before a photographer is commissioned to illustrate an advertisement, the art director designer would have submitted countless ideas at numerous creative meetings. These meetings involve the creative team (art director and copywriter) the creative director (leader of all creative teams A within an advertising agency) and in the initial and final stages, the client. This process can be long and arduous. Many ideas will be submitted but only one will be accepted by all parties. By the time the surviving idea reaches the photographer the idea and layout have become very refined and precise. It is imperative therefore the photographer produces exactly what is wanted. In these circumstances photographer and art director designer work as a team so a result acceptable to a third party (the agency's client) is achieved. Working to an agreed plan, known as a layout, is the blueprint all concerned follow in order to produce an end result acceptable to all. Using magazines, newspapers and direct...
Writing in order to supervise the work of graphic artists, photographers, copywriters, text editors, and other employees. In print advertising and publishing, art directors may begin with the client's concept or develop one in collaboration with the copywriter and account executive. Once the concept is established, the next step is to decide on the most effective way to communicate it. If there is text, for example, should the art director choose illustrations based on specific text references, or should the illustrations fill in the gaps in the copy If a piece is being revised, existing illustrations must be reevaluated. The process of producing a television commercial begins in much the same way that a printed advertising piece is created. The art director may start with the client's concept or create one in-house in collaboration with staff members. Once a concept has been created and the copywriter has generated the corresponding text, the
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