Task One

For Task One you will need to select which one of the assignments you wish to complete from the Assignments page. Don’t forget to make your social media accounts public so tweets/posts can be shared!


1. Conduct an investigation into the author of your task. Be thorough. Immerse yourself in learning as much as you can about their life and career. This investigation will be realised with an Instagram post that shares a visual portrait of the author, with some key statements that will enable a reading audience to get some sense of who they are, and what you have discovered about them.

The photographic component of the portrait will be something you make, that responds to the key themes of the author’s life––think about representation, collage, found objects, interpretive visual language, stop-motion, video etc. When making your portrait think about how the platform of Instagram has inbuilt parameters for your response (i.e. the length of video, the size of the image, etc.)

If there are more than one author, then you will need to investigate each of them. It would be extremely advisable to read up on any of the influences author/s mention in their assignment, specifically if they credit them with the inspiration for the creation of the assignment. Think about whether it is more appropriate to illustrate multiple authorship with a single post, or whether each author, and maybe each named influence, may need their own post.

Get creative with research, immerse yourself and share your most interesting discoveries! Make sure posts include: #Author’s name #PhotographersPlaybook #phonar2016. 

2. Conduct a critical analysis of the author’s work––focus on attaining a sense of how their work may relate to the assignment they have contributed to The Photographer’s Playbook. This critical analysis will be presented in a second Instagram post, with an image you have made in the author’s “style,” that may help illustrate the key points you are making about the work.

Again, when making the work think about the inbuilt parameters of Instagram in terms of image, as well as length of critical analysis shared. Think about how you can engage your audience, and find a balance between not enough, and too much.

Enjoy immersing yourself in someone’s practice and make sure all posts include: #Author’s name #PhotographersPlaybook #phonar2016

3. Complete the assignment. In some instances, this will require adaptation or interpretation. The result of the task needs to be posted to your blog with the critical rationale (Step 4). The blog format doesn’t mean that you have to restrict your image-making to digital photographs. In fact, the assignment itself may call for the creation of physical objects––some of which will not be photographic in nature.  If you create material that is not photographic, or if your assignment calls for you to make prints, or experiment with physical materials, think about how you may represent all the material digitally.

4. Write a brief critical rationale that discusses the decisions you have made. Focus on whyyou have made the work the way you have­­, rather than a blow-by-blow account of how you made it. Post it to your blog with the body of work. Share your blog URL in the comments below the assignment you have completed.

Voila! Task One done! If you have any questions about the Task please feel free to post them in the comments here.

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  1. My response to Task 1, John Baldessari’s ‘Science Fair’ assignment https://evanchristina.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/267mc-phonar-task-1-part-1/

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