Documentary and narrative traditions

The goal of this part of my research is to explore the documentary genre, particularly photographers who are using the tradition to make statements as opposed to merely recording what takes place in front of the camera. I am also looking at artists (not only photographers) who use narrative text, often alongside images, as a way of empowering subjects and allowing them to have a voice. I’m not so much looking for inspiration as exploring different means of presenting the materials as well as different working methods and techniques. One of the criticisms of my last major project was that it lacked conceptual thrust, so I will be exploring other photographers’ work in light of that.

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  1. I’ve looked at your work in the via the traditional perspective of evidence and explanation. Your work is uncovering and showing people aspects of societies they would otherwise not see. It could be read as more anthropological than explicitly political (depending on who is viewing it) but its definitely straight documentary in expression. Isn’t it?

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    1. Hi Pete,
      I have tried not to delve into politics here; the work is more about exploring individual attitudes in society than attempting to bring about political change. As such, it is straight documentary but without the ‘authority’ usually attached to the genre (the stories are narrated by the individuals themselves, and do not claim any expertise or academic knowledge).

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