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
Compositionally you can use the following types of shots to
create a story:
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
RESEARCH a photographer that shoots in one of these styles
of documentary photography for your artist comparison.
People at work
An aspect of Social documentary photography, it’s the
recording of humans in their natural condition with a camera.
Often it also refers to a socially critical genre of photography
dedicated to showing the life of underprivileged or
disadvantaged people, influenced by the work of lewis hine
and Jacob Riis
• Engage with your subjects, be confident and
• Who will you photograph and why?
• Ask a question – get a quote from each
subject for your captions
• If you get rejected, try and try again! Don’t
Nick Eagle – Portraits of people in
1) Use of Juxtaposition to express humor or something more serious
2) Decisive moment
3) Documenting an incident
4 )A Personal view on a location
5) Public areas
6) Ensuring every image has a point/concept/story or purpose
7) Use of lighting
photographer Derek Fairbrother took a series of images from the same spot in
Birmingham’s Chamberlain square between 1963 and 1986.
“I wanted the buildings to look like models, and to photograph them from above
on sunny days so there was a sense of a singular light source” – Tom Merilion
Aerial photographs of Birmingham. Merilion achieved this by photographing from
a small aircraft ﬂying low over the city centre. He used an architectural lens the
wrong way round, with a selective focus and a polarizing ﬁlter to emphasize the
colours of sky and foliage.