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Introducing documentary lesson

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Introducing documentary lesson

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7. Early documentary was often for identification – documenting criminals
  8. 8. Or racial types
  9. 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. 10. Martin Parr: Part of the British new wave whose focus was on the everyday from a critical perspective
  11. 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. 12. Documentary Landscape
  13. 13. Annie Leibovitz - Pilgrimage • http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/annie-leibovitzs-pilgrimage.html?pagewanted=all
  14. 14. Richard Billingham - Zoo
  15. 15. Photojournalism
  16. 16. Robert Capa
  17. 17. Anastasia Taylor-Lind English/Swedish photographer
  18. 18. Street Photography
  19. 19. Beat Strueli - Bangkok 02
  20. 20. Kate Hooper – night
  21. 21. Social Documentary
  22. 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. 23. Rineke Djikstra – Mothers & Bullfighters Julie, Netherlands, 1994. One hour after giving birth. Bullfighter, Portugal. 1994 Video: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/cruelandtender/interviews.htm
  24. 24. James Russell Cant - Family Brother Alone
  25. 25. Identification
  26. 26. Marc Garanger – Femmes Algeriennes 1960
  27. 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9MytO0O_q0
  28. 28. What makes a Good documentary project?
  29. 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. 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 kirtdhaliwal.co .uk/gallery_29 6587.html
  31. 31. Detailed • Looks at specific detail of an item that is part of the narrative. Close up, detailed.
  32. 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. 33. Main
  34. 34. Concluding Completes the story
  35. 35. Tell a story
  36. 36. College Poster – your narrative student example using different types of images
  37. 37. Establishing
  38. 38. Main shots
  39. 39. Detailed
  40. 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. 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. 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.

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