Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Pop Art.

Another photography movement! 

Pop Art
Pop art came to be in the mid-1950's in Britain and in the late 1950's in the United States, and is still widely known and used today. It is a very distinctive style that involves using imagery from the pop culture of the day - for example, images taken from advertising and the news. Often seen in these images are bits and pieces from comic books, popular advertising and even clippings from photographs in newspapers. 

When most people think of pop art, the first thing that comes to mind are the bright colours and over-contrasty images. It also includes a lot of the halftone look, which is often seen in comic books. 

According to this website, there are five key characteristics of pop art. They are: 
  • recognisable imagery, drawn from popular media and products; 
  • usually very bright colours; 
  • flat imagery influenced by comic books and newspaper photographs; 
  • images of celebrities or fictional characters in comic books, advertisements and fan magazines; 
  • in sculpture, an innovative use of media. 

Andy Warhol
Likely the most famous photographer associated with pop art is Andy Warhol. Even those who do not know his name likely know his famous painting of the Campbell's soup cans. Warhol's works, particularly his paintings, are some of the most expensive pieces that have ever been sold. One of his works, Eight Elvises, is the highest-selling painting to date. It sold for US$100million. 

Personally, I don't like pop art. I think it looks terrible. 

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