an ocean scene made out of pieces of fruit

Christine Kim plays with her food.

Jayson Fields in a tuxedo and Valerie Laslo with lightened, big hair

Jayson Fields channels his inner Daniel Craig & Valerie Laslo channels her inner Lana Del Rey.

Hannah Mandias with glitter in her hair and Kyle Shishido with the center of his hair lightened to blonde

Hannah Mandias plays with glitter & Kyle Shishido plays with bleach.

Glitter Roots by Hannah Mandias

Coral Reef Art

Jamie Filosa found this cool video about Jason deCaires Taylor‘s underwater sculpture:

Underwater Sculptures Are Helping Rebuild Our Ocean's Coral ReefsUnderwater artwork is helping rebuild our ocean's coral reefs.

Posted by The Huffington Post on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Here’s his TED talk:


Through the end of Week 5 we’ve had a total of 345 points available. Here’s how many points you should have on BeachBored now to be on track for each grade level:

345 points = 100% = “A+” – 43 peeps
310 points = 90% = “A” – 53 peeps – 56+43 = 96
276 points = 80% = “B” – 17 peeps
241 points = 70% = “C” – 4 peeps
207 points = 60% = “D” – 7 peeps
206 points & below = “F” – 3 peeps

Based on these projected grades, the current overall class GPA is 3.54, which is down from last week’s 3.57 by 0.03

Lots of high scores and lots of EC! Awesome!
But a number of peeps are also losing points on Artist Conversations because of “simple” mistakes. Be sure to look at the Grading Rubric and check the “Coded Points” so you can see your mistake and get full credit next time. Most of you already are using the Artist Conversation Template, yay! If you’re not, it really helps you get full points! And remember, “0” means grading still in progress. Please don’t email me asking why you got a “0”.


This week we’re meeting at the SOA Gallery complex on Thursday as usual, but we’re not doing Artist & Classmate conversations this week! Instead we’ll go off on Photowalks. This week only, it’s just 1 blog post, for the Photowalk Art Experience, and no Conversation posts. We’ll be back to the usual 3 posts next week.

You can follow the Photowalk Guide of your choice. Here are the Guides and the CSULB Photowalk Tours they’ll be leading:

Maddy Braverman

My theme will be “What CSULB is Truly Known For”. Our university has many amazing attributes but when referring to the campus there are a few particular locations and attractions that really make the school unique. I plan to go to my favorite CSULB sign made out of plants, the notorious fountains, the pyramid, the Japanese Gardens and more if we have time. Additionally, open for questions and suggestions always.

Maddy Braverman at Seal Beach smiling & holding a plaster casting of her hand

Jing Huan Ooi

My theme will be “The natural side of CSULB”. I am going to bring students down close to the engineering buildings where there are lots of trees around. For me It is the best place for photography. 😀

photo of Jing Huan Ooi

Anthony Sanchez

My plan is to take the group through the middle of campus and get some shots of daily life. Next we’ll head below the science building where you can see over a nice part of campus. Last we will head towards the Pyramid to take pictures of one of the marvels of CSULB.

photo of Anthony Sanchez with his hands in the air

Valentina Ramirez

I have in mind walking around campus past the most well known parts of our campus and also new seating areas that have been added to school (example: between LA4 and LA3 there’s a newer grassy area with benches and tables), the Pyramid, the water fountains.

photo of Valentina Ramirez holding a plaster casting of her hand

Joshua Hyun

I will take my group to go see the Walter Pyramid, one of the few pyramids in the United States. I will also take us to go see the Japanese garden at school to see the influence of Asian culture even here in CSULB.

headshot of CSULB student Joshua Hyun

Dorothy McMahon

My walk will take students to the different water displays we have on campus. From the fountain to the Japanese garden. To take photos of the water and the art that has gone into presenting it.

portrait of Dorothyrose McMahon

Hunter Mervosh

My theme will be trees of CSULB. We have so many different forms of greenery on campus; like the other day I saw a plumeria tree on campus and it caught me off guard because it was the only one I’ve ever seen on campus. We will walk the upper campus admiring the trees of CSULB we often take for granted and lack admiration of.

Hunter Mervosh in a bathtub

Crysta Tim

My plan is to take my group through the fun recreation sights of CSULB. First we will go to the outdoor shopping area near the bookstore, then go to the bottom floor of the USU (billiards, bowling, swimming pool), then we will end at the H2O fountain at Brotman Hall.

Portrait of Crysta Tim

Tuesday Discussions

Nice discussions last week. Here’s two that I thought were good:

Gianni Versace & Alexander McQueen

Fashion is a huge part of the society that we live in. Today in class we learned about two fascinating designers Alexander McQueen, and Gianni Versace. McQueen is a British fashion designer who was influenced by his right hand woman Katy England. He makes impractical fashion, turning it into an art instead. He mainly uses muted colors, with the exception of a vibrant red color. He is known for “Bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk”. On the other hand, Versace is influenced by Greek history and Andy Warhol. In contrast to McQueen, he uses mainly bright colors and is the first designer to link fashion to the music world. We thought both fashionistas come from a different time and combated the trends of their time very well. Where Versace uses color and short clothing, McQueen really embodies the era of the 2000’s. We also believe both designers work was a reflection of their personal lives. McQueen was known for being depressed and struggling with drugs throughout his career, so we believe all of his work being dark colors resembled this sorrow. By contrast it seemed as though Versace lived a content life which reflected in his colorful and outgoing fashion designs.

Aaron Dela Rosa
Crysta Tim
Danielle Dallas
Florenz Francis Baltazar
Madison Braverman

Whilst comparing the two fashion powerhouses, our group was drawn to the elaborate patterns and colors of old Versace collections. The pieces were flattering and drew attention to the figure of the model. McQueen on the other hand tended to push the limits of “wearable” fashion; most of his pieces were more suited for the runway than a meeting or a walk through the neighborhood. We felt that the lifestyle of the two reflected on their collections. McQueen was from London, a city more known for it’s gloominess and dark fashion trends (skinheads, punk, etc.) and his collections were always harsh, dark, and Victorian. Versace was a flamboyant, eccentric, and loud designer hailing from Italy, the land of beauty. His collections were colorful, slender, and easily accessorize-able.

Christopher Moore
Colleen Siongco
Dorothyrose McMahon
Leon Phung
Maria Barreda
Nicole Chovit

Discussion: Photography: Nan Goldin & Mary Ellen Mark

Group 1

  1. Amber Bolden
  2. Reuben William Dyce
  3. Colleen Siongco
  4. Hannah Mandias
  5. Jing Huan Ooi
  6. Leon Phung

Group 2

  1. Sam Tan
  2. Valerie Laslo
  3. Jazlyn Tabar
  4. Catherine Chin
  5. Annie Ronning
  6. Ngozi Ekwedike

Group 3

  1. Tiffany Van Gilder
  2. Rebekah Johnson
  3. Katherine Pantoja
  4. Hilario Saucedo
  5. Elijah Yee
  6. Lainie Le

Group 4

  1. Francisco Miranda
  2. Carlos Nava
  3. Christopher Chadwick
  4. William Luna
  5. Enrique Vega
  6. Mia Miller

Group 5

  1. Natalie Guevara
  2. Maddy Braverman
  3. Alfonso Madrigal
  4. Jennifer Garcia
  5. Crysta Tim
  6. Rejina Hernandez

Group 6

  1. Alanna Godinez
  2. Elizabeth Moledo
  3. Christopoher Moore
  4. Dominique Gomez
  5. Kyle Shishido
  6. Katherine Shinno

Group 7

  1. Xiomara Brenes
  2. Tyler Kedis
  3. Ashley Batres
  4. Alyssa Castro
  5. Florenz Francis Baltazar
  6. Helen Lee

Group 8

  1. Jesus Viramontes
  2. Tareena Woods
  3. Julio Garcia
  4. Haley Anderson
  5. Bianca Dominquez
  6. Jennifer Lee

Group 9

  1. Jamie Filosa
  2. Gina Householder
  3. Destiny Farihi
  4. Charles Watson
  5. Shannon McGuinness
  6. Molly Poyer

Group 10

  1. Leah Perez
  2. Elidia Ramirez
  3. Devon Carus
  4. Aaron Dela Rosa
  5. David Brown
  6. Cassandra Topete

Group 11

  1. Nancy Tran
  2. John Stouras
  3. Jhonatan Ramos
  4. Jayson Fields
  5. Symone Pallett
  6. Maison Chiu

Group 12

  1. Erick Diaz
  2. Alexander Lucero
  3. Andrew Andrade
  4. Rosa Velazquez
  5. Kordell Tan
  6. Cheryl Peng

Group 13

  1. Vanessa Betancourt
  2. Danielle Garcia
  3. Aaron Satterfield
  4. Christine Kim
  5. Megan Stevens
  6. Enrique Plascencia

Group 14

  1. Leslie Echiveste
  2. Gabriela Hernandez
  3. Bez Middleton
  4. Anthony Sanchez
  5. Peter Bay
  6. Francesca Butler

Group 15

  1. Justin Marquez
  2. Eduardo Castillo
  3. RaVen Montgomery
  4. Jerry Pleitez
  5. Adilene Leon
  6. Nicole Chovit

Group 16

  1. Carlos Cucufate
  2. Oscar Alvarez
  3. Glenda Castillo
  4. Tiffany Tran
  5. Joshua Hyun
  6. Aaron Valenzuela

Group 17

  1. Maria Barreda
  2. Christopher Williams
  3. Marilyn Try
  4. Lorena Rubalcava
  5. Anthony Estalilla
  6. Valentina Ramirez

Group 18

  1. Brandon Nhem
  2. Jseeica Addonizio
  3. Meng Chu
  4. Kyu Jung Lee
  5. Hunter Mervosh
  6. Ramtin Yousefi

Group 19

  1. Martin Diaz
  2. Christian Aguirre
  3. Regan Cameron
  4. Ciprian Robielos
  5. Andrew Hana
  6. Brianna Hastie

Group 20

  1. Sean Hernandez
  2. Dorothyrose McMahon
  3. Kimberly Gutierrez
  4. Johathan Behzadian
  5. Gregory Plantenga
  6. Daniella Galindo

Group 21

  1. Margarita Reyna
  2. Shayenne Prasad
  3. Patrick Dong
  4. Daniel Bursch
  5. Marlon Fernandes
  6. Carlos Madrigal
  7. Cynthia Esquivas

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Group 9

Jamie Filosa
Gina Householder
Destiny Farihi
Charles Watson
Shannon McGuinness
Molly Poyer

We thought Mary and Nan both showing the same thing, poverty, drugs, and similar styles. Mary shows the sadder aspect of this lifestyle while Nan glorifies it. We thought it was cool that Nan glorified the transgender community and make them known as the third gender. We learned that Nan was actually attracted to a drag queen during this time and lived with them and photographed them. Mary wanted to show a different side of Seattle and that if street kids can exist in a nice city like Seattle that they can be anywhere. We also noticed her photos were all in black in white. Mary focused more on kids. Both focus on the things people don’t want to talk about but need really should.


We also thought that the color played a huge role. Mary’s pictures are really clear to the negative aspects. The black and white helps with this. Nan’s are hazy and more vibrant to show the more fun aspect. You also have to think a little deeper into what the picture is trying to show you. We also noticed a lot of people were wearing makeup. Nan had a lot of pictures were people were physically beaten. We think this might be because in that time the gay culture was very underground and was a pioneer. She did a good job of bringing to light some of the things that happen to gay and transgender people.


Nan Goldin & Mary Ellen Mark: Group 19 & 21

Nan Goldin is known for her work that includes the LGBT themes. When looking at her photographs you can see transwomen and there is a sexual connotation towards the photos. Her photos have a sort of grim to them. She shows things that people necessarily don’t want to look at. We think she is bring attention to social issues.

Mant of Mary Ellen Mark’s subject tend to have physical and mental disabilities. All of her work is in black and white. Everyone in her photos look sad and depressed and we think that she is trying to show how horrible these people are living.

Both of them like to photograph the outskirts of society. The weird, unnoticed, and forgotten. They are both trying to be a voice for people that can’t speak for themselves. They want to bring attention to the people society sometimes forgets about.

Brianna Hastie
Regan Cameron
Christian Aguirre
Daniel Bursch
Marlon Fernandes


Photography is a way to preserve a memory into a single snapshot that can be analyzed and viewed in a myriad of ways. The focus of our discussion was photography, and primarily that of Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark. Goldin’s primary focus of her work has LGBT themes and images who started her work around the late 80’s, early 90’s. Mark was known for her documentary and advertising photography; she’s published photo essays for big magazines like the New York Times and Rolling Stone, she has work dating back to the mid 70’s. Goldin’s collection has images of men wearing make up, curlers, and even a pregnant man with his face done. Mark has primarily black and white images that are centered more around everyday people, she focused on the vulnerability of humanity, like families in poverty who are stuck in a cycle of drug abuse, teen girls with babies, and about runaway kids. We feel like Mark had a message of how mainstream doesn’t necessary reflect the “real” life and what actually happens. It is more of a fantasy that to most people is unreachable. Goldin was trying to show how the LGBT community shouldn’t be shunned and ostracized, they should be celebrated due to them being unique and special. They’re just regular people living their life and the treatment they get isn’t what they deserve. Like normal people, they also live with struggle and adding more to that just makes their life worse and Goldin wanted to show how great they were to relieve their stigma.

Group 7
Ashley Batres
Florenz Baltazar
Helen Lee
Tyler Kedis


Nan Goldin: Her pictures show the human body, very fragile, and vulnerable. A lot of the people look sad, depressed, or serious. Some of the people look like possible drug addicts. Lots of the girls looked abused. One of her focus groups is people within the LGBT community. She said she found interest in those that affiliate themselves as transgender, and not t0 psychoanalyze them like how most people do, but to admire and show respect to their sexuality

Mary Ellen Mark: A lot of her pictures seem to take place in 3rd world countries. Also a lot of her pictures are documentary style and seem to capture moments of struggle. Her focus seems to be on the impoverished, and on taboo ideas, like guns and kids smoking cigarettes. In a nutshell the pictures she takes are “away from mainstream society and towards its more interesting often, troubled fringes.”

Sean Hernandez
Dorothyrose McMahon
Kimberly Gutierrez
Johathan Behzadian
Gregory Plantenga
Daniella Galindo


Group 12:
Andrew Andrade
Cheryl Peng
Erick Diaz
Alexander Lucero
Rosa Velazquez

We found both photographers work very strange. Both contained very dark images like violence, sexual acts, drug abuse, and sorrow. I thought it was interesting that nan had an obsession with the gay and transsexual community because they were so free and not afraid to be who they wanted to be openly. Nan’s work also displayed themes of love, gender, sexuality and domesticity while Mark’s photos portrayed pictures of homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction and prositution. Getting away from mainstream society.


Group 5!!!

Natalie Guevara
Maddy Braverman
Alfonso Madrigal
Jennifer Garcia
Crysta Tim
Rejina Hernandez
Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark are both very exquisite photographers. Nan Goldin took photos on a very personal level, therefore most of her photos were of people she usually already knew. Additionally, many of her scenes were captured from travels and interests of Goldin’s life. Her work glorified the drug scene, and although that was the group of people she was surrounded by, she did not want to promote drug use. Goldin’s photos were mainly in color, which helped resemble her admiration and interest in drag queens and how those individuals recreated their looks through a variety of color.On the contrary ,Mary Ellen Mark’s work was mainly black and white. Furthermore, unlike Goldin her work was more impersonal as her photos would be considered more as “street photography”. Our group believed Marry Ellen picked out universally relatable scenes to photograph. She captured people that the common public could relate to and documented their struggles and the social issues in society. Both photographers focused on sub-groups of people who did not fit the societal world. Both artists had a section of photos that just focused on the LGBTQ association, as the people in that community have become more prominent over the years. We believed both photographers work was empowering and thought provoking.

Christopher Chadwick


Our group has found that Mary Ellen Mark’s pictures feature a dark theme. By this I mean that the subjects that are featured in the photo make the viewer feel upset or have a feeling of dispair. In one picture she has a child smoking a cigarette. In another she has a picture of a person coming from a funeral.

Nan Goldin seems to focus on the LBGT community. She wanted to show her subjects as a third gender, as another sexual option. Her photos highlighted a very controversial topic at the time. Many people did not accept the subjects of Nan’s photos for who they were. While it is better today, our society still has a ways to progress.

Francisco Miranda
Carlos Nava
Christopher Chadwick
William Luna
Enrique Vega
Mia Miller


Group 6
Alanna Godinez
Elizabeth Moledo
Christopoher Moore
Dominique Gomez
Katherine Shinno

To compare Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark would be to compare a dream and reality. Our group thought that because of Nan Goldin’s choice of camera/filters/film used, her shots took on a dream-like aesthetic with the colors being soft and her subjects living in their own world. Mark’s photography, in our opinion, dealt with more intense issues such as poverty and health. She also photographed celebrities for work. Goldin brought attention to the LGBTQ community and social rejects. Both photographers grew up in a suburban landscape with a quite normal upbringing. Mark’s use of black and white photography included much more detail; each shot included more of a story behind it. Goldin was exploring cultures that weren’t commonly accepted.

Hannah Mandias

Our group agreed that Nan’s content seemed a lot more candid than Mary Ellen Mark’s photographs (which were posed for a sense of significance). Additionally while Nan Goldin’s photos were of people that she actually knew and were involved in her life, Mark looked for strangers with interesting back-stories to photograph. Goldin’s themes heavily emphasized sexuality and the LGBT community whereas Mark photographed issues that society tends to stray away from (homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction, etc). The appeal of both of their photos lie within the backstory of their subjects rather than the photo’s overall aesthetics.
Reuben Dyce
Amber Bolden
Colleen siongco
Jing Huan Ooi
Leon Phung
Hannah Mandias


Group 16

Carlos Cucufate
Oscar Alvarez
Glenda Castillo
Tiffany Tran
Joshua Hyun
Aaron Valenzuela

We noticed that although Nan Goldin’s work had color in it, it was still able to portray a dark serious tone to her images and show the social issues that she felt were important, Mary Ellen’s art was mostly black and white but was able to incorporate movement along with angles of people to show serious pictures without a dark kind of tone to them.Both are american photographers but focused on different ways to take their pictures, Mary Ellen Mark took pictures that seemed to be more like a documentary and portraits, white Nan would take her images to show themes of drug violence, sexuality, and crude humanity. Nan’s photos may also be a way to show the violence that she herself had gone through, showing bruised eyes and hurting. Her taking these images can be a way of showing light to a serious subject that she experienced. Mary Ellen Mark photographed people who were away from mainstream society. Her photography was more street and had more motion that would invoke thought just by taking pictures of real people in real places. Both took pictures of popular issues like LGBTQ and their mistreatment in society or issues like guns and everyday life and even povery.


Group 18
Brandon Nhem
Meng Chu
Kyu Jung Lee
Hunter Mervosh

Mary Ellen Mark: She puts different perspective on things that were not being focused. She portrays reality in her photos like disabled people and not being ashamed of it. Her photos are mainly black and white, emotionless, allows to focus on the message, and not the beauty of a photo. She’s capturing the soul of the people.
Nan Goldin: She started the “grunge” area, most of her works are mainly themed with gay, LGBT, sex, things very controversial (it is banned in Brazil to shoot photos of underage kids). Her photos are mostly what people would call “hard life” (subculture group), things that aren’t really being seen easily.

Both of them captures portraits and tries to tell story behind it. They both show cultures that are not popularized, more in minorities groups. Both seems “documentary-film-like”, each photo has powerful message that they want to deliver. Not sure if these people are professional models, because both photographers made the people in photos look very professional (especially with delivering emotion).


Group 10
Leah Perez
Elidia Ramirez
Devon Carus
Aaron Dela Rosa
David Brown
Cassandra Topete

Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark are two revolutionary photographers who tackled social issues relating to their generation.

For Nan Goldin, her color saturation/washed out style of photos portrays the various scenes of the LGBT community. Influenced by her friend to dive into the community, many of her pictures features friends, family, and lovers. Her emphasis on LBGT reflects how their rights were overlooked during her time. The main reason for Goldin to feature this topic reflects her desire to show transgendered as a third gender. The plethora of emotions throughout her images shows how LBGT are simply like others in order to suggest equal rights.

As for Marry Ellen Mark, the dull/black & white images suggest a bleak side to society. Showing expressionless/solemn faces within an array of everyday activities allows Mark to portray her surroundings in a “darker” perspective. Through her images, she is able to capture social issues such as homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction, and prostitution. The fact that many of her subjects are children emphasizes her cause in the sense that their “innocence” is tainted by various stigma/problem within the community.

Nancy Tran

Mary Ellen Mark was an American photographer known for her photojournalism/documentary photography. Mark’s photographs are mostly black and white. She documents the lives of marginalized people in the United States and other countries and explored the complicated state of contemporary womanhood. Her work shows different perspective of societal concerns such as homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and teenage pregnancy. Nan Goldin is an American photographer known for visual narratives detailing her own world of addictive and sexual activities. Her first published works were black-and-white images of transvestites and transsexuals. She photographed pictures of her life such as making hundreds of colour transparencies of herself and her friends lying or sitting in bed, engaged in sexual play, recovering from physical violence against them, or injecting themselves with drugs. Goldin said her work originally came from snapshot aesthetic. She re-envisioned how identity and gender could be defined by camera. Our group thought that Mary Ellen had a more rustic and urban grungy background. She’s trying to capture the hidden majority instead of capturing elegant people. While Nan’s photos are from drag queens and other types of groups of bisexual and gay community. A lot of the photos are more vibrant. There are many photos of them in action and they seem to be more of photos in the moment.

Group 11
Nancy Tran
John Stouras
Jhonatan Ramos
Jayson Fields
Symone Pallett
Maison Chiu


Group 3

Elijah Yee
Tiffany Van Glider
Katherine Pantoja
Lainie Le
Rebekah Johnson
Hilario Saucedo

Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark are both incredible female artists of photography, who demonstrated their lives onto their work. Both were also introduced to a camera at very young ages and began their work right away. Nan Goldin focused most of her art on the LGBTQ community. As she lived with them, she admired and respected the sexuality of drag queens. She wanted to glorify them in her art and portray them as a wonderful and beautiful third gender. Mary Ellen Mark focused much of her work on the troubles and social issues of her times. She explained that she wanted her work to be focused away from mainstream society and focused more on the more interesting and troubled times. Both photographers presented controversial topics in their message and art, but did so in different ways. While Nan Goldin focused more on the subject on her photos, Mary Ellen Mark focused closer on the mood and the whole setting of her picture. Goldin centered in on the nature and rawness of her subjects with color, while Mark captured the overall environment and her message of injustice in black and white.


Photography can capture many beautiful sceneries, but also display different aspects of people’s lives. Our group thought both artists have done so, but in different ways. Nan Goldin tends to take many photographs of the LGBT communities because at one point she lived with them. She had much respect and admiration for them so she wanted to show the world as well. Although she did receive criticism for her sexual images and images that support heroin. However, she has shifted her photographs more to children over time. Her photographs also had more color to them compared to Mary Ellen Mark, who had black and white images. Mary Ellen Mark’s photos focused more on the struggles of people around the world. She traveled to many places and took pictures depicting social injustices that people may not see. For example, Mary Ellen Mark photographed victims of sex trafficking in order to bring more attention to it. Both photographers share the same goal of trying to expose the social issues that infect our society

Sam Tan
Valerie Laslo
Jazlyn Tabar
Catherine Chin
Annie Ronning
Ngozi Ekwedike


Mary Ellen Mark was famous for her intimate portraits of the street. She worked strictly with black and white photography and strived to represent the people truthfully through the pictures she took. It was subtle in color because she wanted the people to take away more than just what was in the portrait, she wanted to evoke thought and emotion through her pictures. She moved away from mainstream society to capture the things that we did not see such as pain and hardship. Nan Goldin, on the other hand, featured the LGBT community in her work. She lived with them, and found them beautiful because they could recreate themselves. She also recognized them as a third gender. Her work was personal just like Mary Ellen, but vibrant. She featured herself in some of her work, and also friends and family. She documented her life through photography; whatever she was surrounded with, drugs, people, etc she photographed it. She was one to expose the ugly truths of our society such as abuse, and bring attention to controversial issues. We also noticed that there is a distinct similarity between these two photographers. They aim to tell a story in their pictures. All of their work highlights people in their everyday lives, and through these pictures we are able to tell a lot about them and their situation.
-Group 8-
Jesus Viramontes
Tareena Woods
Julio Garcia
Haley Anderson
Bianca Dominquez
Jennifer Lee


Justin Marquez
Eduardo Castillo
RaVen Montgomery
Adilene Leon
Both Mary Ellen Mark and Nan Goldin focused on the people who were not typically seen as the normal crowd. Mary Ellen Keller took photos of children acting or looked much different than what we would normally expect. Kids were smoking next to each other or there would be a mother with two babies feeding her children on the streets. Nan Goldin also focused on the anti norm, but set her sights on the transsexual or gay community. Many of her pictures include cross dressing and same sex couples. It may not seem as controversial now but at the time it was an unpopular opinion to be in favor of the issue. Both of these photographers give the observer an uncomfortable feeling. It displays the issue on a silver platter instead of hiding it under the rug like most of society had done. Mark brought prostitution to the lime light and placed it front and center. Goldin made the LGBT community the norm in her artwork and reminded the observer that these groups of people do exist. This made us feel bad,in a way, because we as society focus on those that have everything and pay no attention to those who have nothing.


Group 17
Mary Ellen Mark’s photography seems to tell stories and bring to light social issues such as loneliness, drug addiction, prostitution,homelessness, etc., while Nan Goldin’s photos have a theme that features the LGBT community.

Mary Ellen Mark really emphasizes the class struggle and uses the absence of color to show that you don’t need color to be aware of what is out there and what people are facing. By removing the color of the photographs, it makes her work seem more serious and showcases the severity of these social issues.

Nan Goldin took a bold approach and took the concept of LGBT and the struggle that they face, fighting and changing the social norms of today’s society. By using photography, she takes aim to help the LGBT community to showcase to the world that there are not necessarily two genders, male or female. Transgender people exist and in some other countries, there exists more than four gender categories. The images that show physical and emotional abuse portray the common issues the LGBT community faces. Although Goldin’s photographs contained color in them we found them to have a darker story within them.

Regardless of the difference in the style of both photographers we felt that they both aimed toward bringing awareness through their photography.

Group 17
Valentina Ramirez
Marylin Try
Lorena Rubalcava
Anthony Estalilla
Chris Williams


The two artist we talked about today were Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark. Nan Goldin’s photos always seem to have dim lighting and a women as the center piece. Her first show was based on gay and transsexual communities. Her idea for this show was to identify them as their own gender. The people in the pictures seem very unhappy, this can represent how the gay and transsexual community felt during the time. Mary Ellen Mark’s photo’s were black and white for the most part, which also gave a melancholy mood to the pictures. Mary wanted to focus more on the people on the “outside” of society. Photos by both artist seem to tell the situation that the person in the photo is going through whether it be a domestic issue or societal issue. One photo caught the attention of our group, this picture was the photo of a little girl smoking a cigarette. This picture tells a story of a very dangerous upbringing which falls into the category of domestic issues. As a group we favored Mary Ellen Mark’s work since the photography seemed more appealing at the surface of the photo.
Anthony Sanchez
Leslie Echiveste
Gabriela Hernandez
Bez Middleton
Peter Bay
Francesca Butler


Nan Goldin and Mary Ellen Mark both glamorize the lives of people in our society who have been victims of abuse or alienation. Nan Goldin centered many pieces on drag queens and people in the LGBT community because she found them fascinating. Nan Goldin’s work has been censored on many occasions. We feel that Goldin kept her photos as explicit because she wanted to remind her audience that there is a dark place that much of society wants to ignore. The images accurately emulate the lives of the people who live in this dark world, not to please her audience but to create thought provoking art. Mary Ellen Mark uses lots of black and white filters. the black and white filter allows the focus to be on the subject of the photos. Mark tends to use children as her subject. Possibly because children are a symbol of purity but many children have been faced with so many challenges so early on in their lives, it’s diluted their innocence.
Group 13:
Vanessa Betancourt
Danielle Garcia
Aaron Satterfield
Christine Kim
Megan Stevens
Enrique Plascencia


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