First, I looked at the images of Peterson, Sobol and Moriyama without reading the articles, just to get a first impression of their work and the connections between them. I noticed they all have a highly personal, unconventional style, when it comes to both subject matter and use of camera. The images are high contrast Black and White that don’t hold on to conventional compositional rules or techniques. Images are grainy and blurred and bring about a very confusing, challenging response with the viewer.
What comes across are the raw emotions of the photographers themselves, how they perceive their reality is leading. I don’t feel the photographers ever considered if an image might be too shocking, inappropriate or sensitive. Conventions of the societies they work or live in are secondary or protested against.
All articles mention the use of the photographic language of the photographers and how their own experience of reality is the most important subject. The nihilism and existentialism is leading throughout the work. The importance of self in a failed society, the preference of working from an emotional rather than theoretical framework.
Now that I have looked at the work and background of so many different photographers throughout this part, I realize that the basis from which a photographer works, whether theoretical, emotional or conventional has an incredibly profound impact on the work.