COMPARISON ESSAY: The philosopher Walter Benjamin once said: “photography was the perfect medium to capture urban spaces.” Street photography is one of the most enduring and beloved genres in the medium’s lengthy history. The photographer can walk the streets, choosing what to capture and what to leave. But they can also slow the world down, and through editing, can bring order to the chaos of an ever-changing world. As we have discussed in class, fine art photographers have begun to use narrative and mise-en-scene to create constructed images of city and urban life. Among the many artists we have discussed, there are two who have attempted to create innovative approaches to street photography: Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Richard Renaldi. Two works that present radically new interpretations of street photography are diCorcia’s Cuba, from theStreetwork series (1999) and Renaldi’s Jenelle and Fabrice, from the Touching Strangers series (2011). Through a comparative analysis, explain how both of these photographs comment upon urban spaces. In what ways do these photographs comment upon the human condition and the manner in which people interact in public space?  How are these works in dialogue with one another—and in what manner do they have competing or contradictory aims? How do these artists innovate and redefine the genre of street/urban photography? Minimum word count: 500

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COMPARISON ESSAY: The philosopher Walter Benjamin once said: “photography was the perfect medium to capture urban spaces.” Street photography is one of the most enduring and beloved genres in the medium’s lengthy history. The photographer can walk the streets, choosing what to capture and what to leave. But they can also slow the world down, and through editing, can bring order to the chaos of an ever-changing world. As we have discussed in class, fine art photographers have begun to use narrative and mise-en-scene to create constructed images of city and urban life. Among the many artists we have discussed, there are two who have attempted to create innovative approaches to street photography: Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Richard Renaldi. Two works that present radically new interpretations of street photography are diCorcia’s Cuba, from theStreetwork series (1999) and Renaldi’s Jenelle and Fabrice, from the Touching Strangers series (2011). Through a comparative analysis, explain how both of these photographs comment upon urban spaces. In what ways do these photographs comment upon the human condition and the manner in which people interact in public space?  How are these works in dialogue with one another—and in what manner do they have competing or contradictory aims? How do these artists innovate and redefine the genre of street/urban photography? Minimum word count: 500

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