Documentary Photography artist research, meanings and sub genres
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Documentary Photography artist research, meanings and sub genres



Documentary resources for AS Photography Students at King Edwards Sixth Form College Nuneaton

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  • We now see these types of images as leading to negative stereotypesInterestingly Nanook was proved to be a fake
  • Photojournalism is the gathering of images to tell a story, a sub-genre of docu...
  • Concentration camp following liberation, German guards burying the deadKorango tribesman wrestling match
  • Death of a Loyalist soldier questioned as a fake!
  • Quote from Robert Haeberle ‘ guys were about to shoot these people, I yelled “hold it” and I shot my picture. M16s opened up and from the corner of my eye I saw bodies falling’
  • Joel Meyerwitz
  • Nick Turpin
  • 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.
  • Nadars work hovers between portraiture as identification and revealing the true personality – this is a point we keep coming back to!

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  • 1. Documentary Photography Meanings and sub genre’s
  • 2. Documentary Photography• What is it?• What sub genre‟s fit into documentary photography?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).• Portraiture, social documentary, documentary landscape, photojournalism, live events, street photography, self portraiture, sports photography, forms of identification, editorial and many more …
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Early documentary was often for identification – documenting criminals
  • 6. Or racial types
  • 7. Henri Cartier-Bresson like Doisneau is created as father of photojournalism and also streetphotography. His style is often decisive and always candid
  • 8. Martin Parr: Part of the British new wavewhose focus was on the everyday from a critical perspective
  • 9. Simon Norfolk’s work crosses the line between fine art and photo journalism, often shooting locationsthat are war torn or where atrocities were commited
  • 10. Documentary Landscape
  • 11. Bernd and Hilla Becher
  • 12. Simon Norfolk„The Perisher‟ – submarine commander exercise area .2006
  • 13. Fay Godwin
  • 14. Bill Brandt• A Night in London encompassed social events and strata, with staged scenes where necessary.
  • 15. Charles Johnstone• Thirty-four Basketball Courts.
  • 16. Stephen Shore – uncommon places
  • 17. Danilo Murru – What Remains
  • 18. Exit Strategies by Jules Spinatsch
  • 19. Rinko Kawauchi
  • 20. Tom Merilion“I wanted the buildings to look like models, and to photograph them from aboveon sunny days so there was a sense of a singular light source” – Tom Merilion
  • 21. Robert Walker
  • 22. Annie Leibovitz - Pilgrimage•
  • 23. Stuart Whipps• Aladdin Houses, commission for an exhibition alongside Bill Brandt‟s work. .•
  • 24. Tom MerilionAerial photographs of Birmingham. Merilion achieved this by photographing froma small aircraft flying low over the city centre. He used an architectural lens thewrong way round, with a selective focus and a polarizing filter to emphasize thecolours of sky and foliage.
  • 25. Richard Billingham - Zoo
  • 26. Photojournalism
  • 27. Robert Doisneau is often seen as one of the pioneers of photojournalism
  • 28. Henri Cartier-Bresson like Doisneau is created as father of photojournalism and also streetphotography. His style is often decisive and always candid
  • 29. George Rodger’s approach is strictly that of theobersvor. Images may be shocking but are notsensationalist like FSA. He declared himself as ‘interested in the minorities’
  • 30. Robert Capa
  • 31. Eve Arnold
  • 32. Robert Capa: Hungarian combat photographer: Part of the European documentary tradition
  • 33. • Robert Haeberle People about to be shot 1969• War photography makes for a fascination via the horror but the technology of smaller, faster cameras also brought these horrors into our homes• Do these types of images now create a moral exhaustion and cycnisism?
  • 34. Anastasia Taylor-LindEnglish/Swedish photographer
  • 35. Dennis Stock
  • 36. Don McCullin
  • 37. Jerome Delay
  • 38. Alfred Eisenstaedt a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, during the celebration to mark V-J Day, the end of World War II.
  • 39. Rich LamI was covering last nights Stanley Cup Playoffs for Getty Images when Vancouver erupted in riots after the Canucks Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins. It was complete chaos. Rioters set two cars on fire and then I saw looters break the window at a neighboring department store. At that point, the riot police charged right towards us. After I stopped running, I noticed in the space behind the line of police that two people were laying in the street with the riot police and a raging fire just beyond them. I knew I had captured a "moment" when I snapped the still forms against the backdrop of such chaos but it wasnt until later when I returned to the rink to file my photos that my editor pointed out that the two people were not hurt, but kissing."
  • 40. Sebastiao SalgadoA photojournalist in the best sense of the word, Sebasiao Salgado is fascinated with people who work hard in all parts of the world. From landless workers trying to claim property for themselves in Brazil to Oil workers putting out fires in Kuwait, Salgados lens captures the beauty in his subjects gritty reality. Look at his work: Workers and Genesis (below)
  • 41. Don McCullin
  • 42. Street Photography
  • 43. Zhang Xiao - They IChinese photographer
  • 44. Bruce Gilden – Head OnIm known for taking pictures very close,and the older I get, the closer I get.
  • 45. Martin ParrPlayas – various beaches in Latin America.
  • 46. Peter Dench
  • 47. Joel Meyerwitz
  • 48. Nick Turpin
  • 49. Antonio Bolfo• photography/project/1730771/visa-pour-limage-new-yorks-finest
  • 50. Henri Cartier Bresson
  • 51. Helen Levitt
  • 52. Beat Strueli - Bangkok 02
  • 53. Kate Hooper – night
  • 54. Jun Abe – CitizensJapanese photographer
  • 55. Social Documentary
  • 56. Fazal Sheikh• The portrait is central to Fazal Sheikh‟s work. For more than two decades, as he has worked in different communities around the world, the invitation to sit for a portrait has been the principal means by which he has established a link with his subjects and been allowed to enter and document their lives. Often these have been people in crisis: displaced from their homes and their countries, at risk from violence, poverty and prejudice.
  • 57. Tomasz Gudzowaty - Free Running Polish photographer
  • 58. Elinor carucci
  • 59. Sally Mann – Immediate Family"Immediate Family, which was published in 1990, must be counted as one of the great photograph books of our time. It is a singularly powerful evocation of childhood from within and without..."
  • 60. Dorothea LangeBest known for her famous photos of the Depression, including Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, Lange was active from the 1920s to the early 1960s and was one of the most influential photographers in American history.
  • 61. James Russell Cant - FamilyBrother Alone
  • 62. Laura Cooper - Disaffected
  • 63. Lewis Hine
  • 64. Fistful of Dreams by Nishant Ratnakar• Watch the multimedia project:
  • 65. Sarah Fishlock - Middlemen•
  • 66. Richard Billingham• Series of work: Rays a laugh
  • 67. Diane Arbus – Untitled series
  • 68. Julie, Netherlands, 1994. One hour after giving birth. Bullfighter, Portugal. 1994 Rineke Djikstra‟s workVideo:
  • 69. Jo Spence
  • 70. Nan GoldinPhotographs her friends and family. A lot of her work is about gender politics.
  • 71. Nadav Kander - www.nadavkander.comHis best shot, read the article: http://www.guar design/2008/nov/ 27/photography“More people live along the Yangtze river than live in the US. So, on my first trip to China, I wanted to get a sense of this by visiting Shanghai and Chongqing, a massive city of 27 million people, where this image was taken."
  • 72. Tina Barney
  • 73. David Goldblatt – On the Mines South African photographer
  • 74. Rineke Djikstra
  • 75. Richard Avedon – In the American West
  • 76. David Stewart – Teenage Pre- occupation (2012)
  • 77. Identification
  • 78. Jeff Harris• - takes a portrait of himself every day.
  • 79. Robert Gumbert
  • 80. Handswoth Self Portraits by Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon
  • 81. Julia Margaret Cameron
  • 82. Felix Nadar
  • 83. Cindy Sherman
  • 84. Taryn Simon - A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters.She has been photographing the descendents of 18 different bloodlines, each based around aparticular situation, exploring predetermination and notions of perpetual return. There are manyblank photographs for those who couldn‟t be photographed.
  • 85. Edward CurtisCurtis built an illustrious career documenting Native Americans in the 1900s. The images resonate 100 years later.
  • 86. Marc Garanger – Femmes Algeriennes 1960
  • 87. Alice Springs