Newsmaker Series

Newsmaker Installation, Giclée Prints, Variable, 2008-2014

 

Newsmaker is a series of portraits influenced by media personalities in the United States. Specifically, this series’ focus is on portraits of those that act in the guise of News Anchors and Journalists. The work represents my observations on the transition, in emphasis, that has happened in contemporary news and journalism between reporting and biased editorializing. Regardless of political affiliation, liberal and conservative are critiqued within this work.

 

The photographic portraits are displayed opposite graphical QR Codes that I have encoded using QR software. The “QR” or Quick Response codes when scanned, using any smart phone with a free downloadable QR reader application, will display a quote from each figure. For example, when the portrait of Jon Stewart is scanned the viewer will read the following quote from Jon Stewart, “I have not moved out of the comedian’s box into the news box. The news box is moving towards me.”

 

Portrait of Jon Stewart, 50 x 25, Giclée Print, 2008
QR Code Quote: “I have not moved out of the comedian’s box into the news box. The news box is moving towards me.”

 

Integrating traditional, alternative, and new media practices found in contemporary photography, I view these images as continuing in the historical line of the medium. At its core, all photographs operate as being a record of specific times and places. I view this series, Newsmaker, as a photographic record of the times in which we live today. The portraits are photographed from a television screen using a 4×5 camera and Fuji Positive Film. The emulsion of the film is then later transferred onto watercolor paper, digitally scanned, and combined with the QR code.

 

Portrait of Walter Cronkite, 50 x 25, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.”

 

Portrait of Tucker Carlson, 18 x 9, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “I am not insecure about being a journalist. I have too much information already. Unless you know a lot more about something than I do, I am not interested.”

 

Portrait of Sean Hannity, 12 x 18, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “I’m a journalist who interviews people who I disagree with all the time. Fox News has all points of view.”

 

Portrait of Rupert Murdoch, 50 x 25, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “I think news should be proactive, stir ‘em up. New times demand a new journalism.”

 

Portrait of Rachel Maddow, 50 x 33, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “The problem that I think is reasonable to assert about Fox News and its coverage is that they make up stories out of whole cloth and then make a big deal out of them.”

 

Portrait of Sarah Palin, 42 x 50, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. I have a communications degree.”

 

Portrait of Peter Jennings, 18 x 10, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “I’m a little concerned about this notion that everybody wants us to be objective. I’m not a slave to objectivity. I’m never quite sure what that means.”

 

 

Portrait of Rush Limbaugh, 9 x 18, Giclée Print, 2009
QR Code Quote: “They are literally professional scum, and they’re responsible, in many ways, for the deteriorating standards and quality of journalism.”

 

Portrait of Glenn Beck, 50 x 25, Giclée Print, 2009
QR Code Quote: “I am not a journalist. I am a Conservative.”

 

Portrait of Dan Rather, 18 x 10, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “News is an egomaniac’s business, filled with prima donnas – including this one.”

 

Portrait of Bill O’Reilly, 12 x 12, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “I’ve learned the hard way that liberal bias is a way of life at many media organizations. I’m not whining, I’m reporting.”

 

Portrait of Michelle Malkin, 50 x 30, Giclée Print, 2008
QR Code Quote: “I’m not playing MSNBC/NYTimes – style gotcha journalism…”

 

Portrait of Anderson Cooper, 18 x 10, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “Everyone in the news should be able to hold up to scrutiny. I’m for as much transparency in the news gathering process as possible.”

 

Portrait of Mike Huckabee, 12 x 12, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “Journalism has grown increasingly dependent on spin-doctors spoon feeding the circular and insular quoting of other journalists.”

 

Portrait of Ann Coulter, 18 x 12, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “Most journalists are so stupid, the fact that they are also catty, lazy, vengeful and humorless is often overlooked.”

 

Portrait of Stephen Colbert, 33 x 50, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “In order to maintain an untenable position, you have to be actively ignorant. Keep your facts, I’m going with the truth.”

 

Portrait of Keith Olbermann, 18 x 11, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda – worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”

 

Portrait of Lou Dobbs, 13 x 18, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “Well talking about pitiful performances, the liberal national media has all but abdicated its responsibilities to inform the American people.”

 

Portrait of Chris Matthews, 18 x 9, Giclée Print, 2008
QR Code Quote: “We’re dealing with the power of suggestion here.”

 

Portrait of David Brinkley, 50 x 25, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “The one function that TV News performs is that when there is no news, we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.”

 

Portrait of Ed Schultz, 37 x 50, Giclée Print, 2014
QR Code Quote: “We can be pretty creative when we decide we want to go after somebody.”