05.01.2017 PWT 01-2017 Looking at Vintage Photographs : A Visual Training


PWT 01-2017 Seven Short Queries


Looking at organic vintage photographs, a visual exercise

Next week will resume the vintage photographs analysis training cycle at Drouot Art School*, this transmission is dedicated to the students and follow the workshop programm :

A group of vintage photographs — documentary, artistic or historical — are proposed to look at, with a reduced system of questions to answer within minuts, mainly : where and when was it created ? which traces, signature or stamps can we consider for a further investigation ? Then together we discuss the answers and we try to identify the auther and his intentions, Who did What and Why ?. In a third step when we think we have enough elements or pieces of evidence, we will discuss the scientific and commercial values, the actual market value, the estimation.

7SQ – Seven Short Queries

7SQ follow the famous “Five Ws” (Who did What, Where and When, and Why ?), and the “Five Ws and one H”, which are often mentioned in journalism, research, and police investigations. A standard series of questions has been a way of formulating or analyzing rhetorical questions since classical antiquity*. The “Five Ws and one H” were memorialized by Rudyard Kipling in his poem accompanying the tale of “The Elephant’s Child”:

“I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.”

The Seven Short Queries when looking at vintage photographs are :

— Who could be the author ?

— What could be a title ?

— Where was it created ?

— When was it printed ?

— Which process was used ?

— How large ? (dimensions usually given in mm, height before length)

— Why ? Can we investigate his intentions ? (stamps, signatures, captions, traces)

Then, if we can answer the 7SQ, an estimation or a price as a result :

— How Much could it worth ?

Proposed answers to the seven short queries for the seven prints will be found, under the reproduction of the versos, after pages 1-7, pages V-1 to V-7.

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