My first post for the New Year (wishing you all a Happy New Year) and I’ve just finished the first draft of my Powerpoint presentation on Peter ERZVO Zvonar which will be delivered sometime next term.

He’s been an interesting photographer to research and put together a 15 min presentation on. In the main his work would be considered to be erotic,  political, pornographic and above all provocative. You will see from his website that he appears in many of his pictures… a selfie man? Well no, its more to do with the fact that his much of his work is nude, erotic, pornographic … and here in his own words:

Why? Because I like myself, I am sexy, I have a good figure and I can make good faces (laughing). I always want to express something by my photographs, it is not enough for me to take a picture of my body, nude or half-nude. For me, there is a certain kind of symbolism in the fact that I am nude on the photo. It is not just a body, it is not my intention just to provoke, though it certainly is a provocation but in a different sense of the word. I want to initiate a discussion, I want to make people start thinking. To encourage them not to be scared, to put away their scruples, to get rid of agreements concluded a long time ago with family, system, religion. To be free in their way of thinking

Task 1 Presentation on portrait
photographer

 Prepare a 15-minute presentation on a selected studio based
portrait photographer. In the presentation briefly place the photographer’s
work in historical context and then focus on photographic and technical aspects
rather than biographical.

Evidence Required

  • Presentation with supporting material

From my viewpoint I see several influences in his work, not just from other photographers  before him, but from the world of painters too – Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci in the baroque style through to

John
Everett Millais and John William Waterhouse of the Pre-Raphaelite Style.

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Annibale Carracci

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© Peter ERZVO Zvonar

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John
Everett Millais

 

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© Peter ERZVO Zvonar

Moving on from painters to photographers… and again this is my view of his possible influences and/or inspiration… I see elements of Horst P Horst, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie Leibovitz (who he does credit as an inspirational source, as such). Here I see the light and shadow work of Horst P Horst, the intensity of portraiture of Helmut Newton, the nude, erotic, equally provocative work of Robert Mapplethorpe and some of the fun portraiture of Annie Leibovitz.

Below are just a few of the comparisons I have made – more no doubt will be found on his website http://erzvo.com And make no mistake, despite the influences (which these days applies to all of us in the field, amateur or professional), I do consider his work to be original and thought provoking.

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© Helmut Newton

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© Peter ERZVO Zvonar

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© Horst P Horst

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© Peter ERZVO Zvonar

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