Photography and Evidence

Monday 14th October

Conflicting Perspectives

Photography and Evidence

This lecture was all about different perspectives and how we view things. 

The Guardian – Point of View

Seeing things from a different perspective


Don McCullin – Biafra 1971

Most influential documentary pictures ever



Kevin Carter Pulitzer Prize Winning photography – 1994.

Carter captured this photo whilst driving past. It shows a small girl who has lost all energy on a hunt for food. He didn’t want to intervene, he wanted to observe, however, 3 Months later, Carter killed himself due to the guilt he felt for not helping the girl.

W Eugene Smith

With this photo, Smith asked the woman to chuck the water. Bresson believed that this image was not truthful because he has intervened, however, the essence of the image is still truthful.


Tomoko in the bath 1971

This photo shows a Mother bathing her disabled child. The family asked that this photo be taken down and not be shown anywhere due to intrusion on the family. After 20 years, due to the internet, it was resubmerged.

Photography as witness 

Robert Capa – Falling Soldier

Symbolises what documentary is about – Sontag

Paul Hansen – World Press Photo Award Winner 2013

Questioned were raised regarding this image. Does it look too professional? Too advertisment like? It raised a lot of controversy questioning as to whether it was real or fake.


Is it truth?

What do we rely on as a truth if were going to question.

May 2004 – American human rights war photo

We trust this image in a way we don’t trust a professional advertising image.

Tom Scooter Portrait in front of burning World Trade Center

Scooter, A photographer who was present at the time of the 9/11 attacks, had his portrait taken with the Twin Towers burning in the background. This caused a lot of controversy as it made it seem that he was using the attack as a tourist like attraction.

How different things can be represented?

Margaret Ollin – Touching Photographs

A book which includes 5 stories about 9/11. It tells us 5 different ways in which 9/11 was represented!


1930 – Lynching. 

This photo is a very controversial way of looking at death


Briony Campbell

The Dad Project 2009

This project, revolving around death, explores the personal side.


Andres Serrano

Photographs of bodies in morgues. This deals with the fragile relationship between beautiful imagery and sensitive matter

Paul Smith

This work shows photographs of bullets. This tells us that death doesn’t necessarily have to show the person in them.

It’s all about how you are going to document it. Needs integrity.


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