We had the following essay titles to chose from.
I have chosen to work around ‘Using examples to substantiate your argument, discuss some of the problems of a photographer may encounter as a documentary photographer’
My reason for this, Documentary Photography is something that I am very interested in. I feel that writing about this, will help expand my knowledge within my keen area.
I have took out the following books to aid me in this assignment,
Photography: Essays & Images
Photography: A Critical Introduction
Documentary Photography: A Personal View
Bending the Frame
Newsnight June 2009 (DVD)
The points I included in my essay were the following: (all of them being problems a documentary photographer will encounter’
- The struggle behind believing an image or not.
Is the image we see true? and how do we know? I will go into details of the use of manipulation also with evidence from Dorothea Lange and Roger Fenton
- How hard it is to get into/getting published etc
Using Bill Owens as an example, I will discuss the difficulties of this field and getting into it.
- The problem of others being able to take photos however, whereever and whenever they want.
What makes a professional documentary photographers work different to a citizens. Using examples from Alexander Chadwick and information from The Huffington Post