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  • She photographed three women, one hour (Julie), one day (Tecla) and one week (Saskia) after giving birth. During a visit to Portugal in 1994, she made portraits of four bullfighters immediately after the fight.
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  • 1. On the post it notes write down what you think documentary photography is • What are the key skills that it uses? • Name as many photographers you know of that you think fit into this genre • When you’re done, stick it onto the end of your table
  • 2. • Explain what documentary photography is and what makes a good documentary project • You will identify the various types of sub genres • You will identify the types of images used to create a narrative
  • 3. • What is it? Documentary Photography is a narrative or story being told through photographs that involves real events to provide a factual record or report (and sometimes this is complimented with text).
  • 4. Sub Genres Task • On your table is a series of photographs. • Around the room is different headings for sub genre’s. • In your groups use the blu tack provided to put one image into each category • In your groups select an image to discuss looking at the technical, lighting, compositional and contextual information behind the image.
  • 5. Key Points • ‘Document’ means evidence = official, to be trusted, not to be questioned… • Documentary as signifier of truth but what of re-presentation?? • Documentary is intimate – it assumes a bond between viewer and image and it is charged with showing the world as it really is
  • 6. Documentary photography has always had the power to shock, to inform, to change opinion and to persuade yet the very term can be ambiguous and the photographer always chooses a particular frame and moment in time
  • 7. Early documentary was often for identification – documenting criminals
  • 8. Or racial types
  • 9. Henri Cartier-Bresson like Doisneau is seen as a father of photojournalism and also street photography. His style is often decisive and always candid
  • 10. Martin Parr: Part of the British new wave whose focus was on the everyday from a critical perspective
  • 11. Simon Norfolk’s work crosses the line between fine art and photo journalism, often shooting locations that are war torn or where atrocities were commited
  • 12. Documentary Landscape
  • 13. Annie Leibovitz - Pilgrimage •
  • 14. Richard Billingham - Zoo
  • 15. Photojournalism
  • 16. Robert Capa
  • 17. Anastasia Taylor-Lind English/Swedish photographer
  • 18. Street Photography
  • 19. Beat Strueli - Bangkok 02
  • 20. Kate Hooper – night
  • 21. Social Documentary
  • 22. Nan Goldin Photographs her friends and family. A lot of her work is about gender politics. Insiders view – as she knows who she photographs
  • 23. Rineke Djikstra – Mothers & Bullfighters Julie, Netherlands, 1994. One hour after giving birth. Bullfighter, Portugal. 1994 Video:
  • 24. James Russell Cant - Family Brother Alone
  • 25. Identification
  • 26. Marc Garanger – Femmes Algeriennes 1960
  • 27. What makes a Good documentary project? 2 minutes task: • Think – individually of one thing you think makes a good documentary project • Pair - up with person next to you and list more ideas. • Share – with the rest of the group. Countdown clock:
  • 28. What makes a Good documentary project?
  • 29. TYPES OF IMAGES • narratives : – a story or an account of a sequence of events in the order in which they happened. – the art or process of telling a story or giving an account of something. Compositionally you can use the following types of shots to create a story: • • • • Establishing Detailed, Main and Concluding shots.
  • 30. Establishing • Is the beginning of a narrative – sets the scene. And’Art, 2009. All images © Jaskirt Dhaliwal. For more info go to: http://www.jas .uk/gallery_29 6587.html
  • 31. Detailed • Looks at specific detail of an item that is part of the narrative. Close up, detailed.
  • 32. Main Shows the main part of the story. Could be portraits of people involved or a shot of the main part of the event.
  • 33. Main
  • 34. Concluding Completes the story
  • 35. Tell a story
  • 36. College Poster – your narrative student example using different types of images
  • 37. Establishing
  • 38. Main shots
  • 39. Detailed
  • 40. Back to Learning Objective • Explain what documentary photography is. • List the different types of sub genre’s of documentary photography • You will identify the various types of sub genres • You will identify the types of images used to create a narrative
  • 41. • On your new post it note write down the following: • What is documentary and what makes a good documentary project? • List the various sub genres • Identify the types of images used to create a narrative • Any photographers you could name • Once complete - stick it next to your original post it note onto the wall
  • 42. Practical Task – Birmingham Trip You have to document a short story, your narrative, on Birmingham using one of the following styles of documentary: • • • • Portraits of people at work Street photography Street portraits Documentary landscape RESEARCH a photographer that shoots in one of these styles of documentary photography for your artist comparison.