Evita Goze

The Photograph as Document

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on April 18, 2011

Our last project in this academic year is The Photograph as Document, accompanied by Historical and Critical Studies: Image as Document/ Fiction, where we have been looking at a range of historical and theoretical frameworks from origins of classical documentary photography till family album.
Key readings included The Aesthetics of Documentary by Mark Cousins, The FSA Collection of Photographs by Roy Emerson Stryker, Photographic Practice as an index and an instrument of integration by Pierre Bourdieu from Photography: A Middle Brow Art, Daughter, Model Jessie Mann interview with Melissa Harris and very beautifully and emotionally written essay by Larry Sultan, an extract from his Pictures from Home.

Some of the images and we have been looking at:

John Thomson, Street Life in London, 1876-77


Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives, 1888-89


Lewis Hine, Child Labor, 1908-18


Power House Mechanic, 1920


Still from Moana by Robert Flaherty, 1926


Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936


Chris Killip, Youth on Wall, Jarrow, Tyneside, 1976


from In Flagrante, 1988


Paul Graham, from Beyond Caring, 1986


Martin Parr, from The Last Resort, 1986


Sarah Pickering, Flicks Nightclub from Public Order, 2002-05


Napalm from Explosions, 2004-ongoing

Documenting The Family:

Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1900s


Harry Callahan, Eleanor, 1947-60


Sally Mann, from Immediate Family, 1980s


Tina Barney, Theatre of Manners, 1980s-90s


Larry Sultan, Pictures from Home, 1992

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