Lighting and story-telling are the most thing that I was passionated to see the exhibitions through this museums visiting. Followings are what I observed and found through visiting museums.
Repeating same element in the photography, unusual perspective, photographing several aspects of the subject, and having background that relates well to the subject can contribute to express story-telling. Photographing one same object from three or four angles also can be narrative photography. It arouses viewer’s imagination how she/he sees the object personally.
At International Center of Photography, as for dramatic photography, I was very impressed with photographs by Sebastião Salgado. He uses combination of various kinds of lines; direction, orientation, texture, weight. And they are very clean and crisp. Clear lines make clear shapes. In his photographs, there is big contrast between high light and shadow, and they create clear shapes. Sometimes these shapes show freezed motion. He uses shadow (black shape) as figure or implication of the subject. When the subject is placed in the middle of picture plane, his photography has a focal point on the Rule of third or optical center line. Also he include similarity between foreground and background in shape or texture.
At Aperture Gallery
it was interesting to see sequence of photography of one subject. Different angle, different perspective, or different aspect of the object.
At Whitney, their photographs show different atmosphere with light. The hight of light source seems low so that the images show the time such as morning or evening.