What will we cover...
The history of the genre
Larry Clark (1943-)
Richard Billingham (1970-)
Fay Godwin (
Martin Parr (
Harry Gruyaert (
Possible themes for you.....
The earliest form of
This can be classed as
documentary photography, as
can all early photography due to
its nature of recording.
Photography was created purely
to document the surrounding
As photography became slightly more accessible (I mean slightly...they still had
to carry metal plates on which to develop) photographers were sent off to far
exotic locations to report back with images of what they saw....
1860’s Civil War
Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to
chronicle significant and historical events. It is typically covered in professional
photojournalism, but it may also be an amateur, artistic, or academic pursuit. The
photographer attempts to produce truthful, objective, and usually candid
photography of a particular subject, most often pictures of people.
Lawrence Donald "Larry" Clark (born
January 19, 1943) is an American film
director, photographer, writer and film
producer who is best known for the movie
Kids and his photography book Tulsa. His
most common subject is youth who
casually engage in illegal drug use,
underage sex and violence, and who are
part of a subculture (such as surfing, punk
rock or skateboarding).
Richard Billingham (born 25
September 1970) is an English
photographer and artist who is best
known for his book Ray's A Laugh
which documents the life of his
alcoholic father Ray and obese,
heavily tattooed, mother Liz.
Fay Godwin (17 February 1931 – 27 May
2005) was a noted British photographer,
most widely known for her black-and-white
landscapes of the British countryside and
Godwin was less active in her final years; in
a December 2004 interview for Practical
Photography, she blamed "the NHS. They
ruined my life by using some drugs with
adverse affects that wrecked my heart. The
result is that I haven’t the energy to walk
MARY ELLEN MARK
Mary Ellen Mark (born March 20, 1940) is
an American photographer known for her
photojournalism, her portraiture, and her
advertising photography. She has had 16
collections of her work published and has
been exhibited at galleries and museums
worldwide. She has received numerous
accolades, including three Robert F.
Kennedy Journalism Awards and three
fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Arts.
Martin Parr (born 23 May 1952 in
Epsom, Surrey) is a British
photojournalist and collector. He is
known for his photographic projects
that take a critical look at modern
society, specifically consumerism,
foreign travel and tourism, motoring,
family and relationships, and food.
Harry Gruyaert (born in Belgium in 1941)
began his career as a Director of
Photography in television production, but by
the early 1970s he had moved over to still
photography. He picked up editorial
assignments from National Geographic,
Fortune and Vogue, among others, and his
total immersion in the colour and
landscapes of Morocco earned him the
1976 Kodak Prize.
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