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DP3006

 

DP3006 Documentary Photographic Projects

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2005; Academic Unit: 4.0]

Pre-requisite

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DP2005​

Academic Unit

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4 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

To introduce students to the practice-based essentials of documentary photography. To develop in the students an awareness of the dynamics that exist between subject matter, the human subject and the photographer.

Content

Documentary Photography is a powerful tool for communicating understanding and change. This upper level studio critique and practice course. will examine the broad range of approaches in documentary photography and the many ways that the documentary photographer’s objectivity can be framed and negotiated with. The course also examines the many ethical considerations involved in representation.

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Survey of social documentary photography

• Environmental portraiture

• Portrait of a place 

• Ethical considerations concerning documentary photography

7

• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Autobiographical Documentary

• Travel and Documentary

• Cultural sensitivity 

• Visual ethnography

• Applying for grants

13

• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will be practically, intellectually and ethically equipped to negotiate a personal position as a photographer in relation to a human-centred subject.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

    Textbooks/References

    1. Roland Barthes, Image and text, Fountain Press

    2. A D Coleman, Critical Focus: Photography in the International Image Community, Nazraeli Press

    3. Vicki Goldberg, Light Matters: Writings on Photography, Aperture

    4. Brooks Johnson (Ed), Photography Speaks, 150 Photographers on Their Art, Aperture

    5. Rosalind C Morris, (Ed), Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia, Duke University Press

    6. Julianne H Newton, The Burden of Visual Truth: The role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

    7. Susan Sontag, On Photography, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    8. Alan Trachtenberg, Classic Essays on Photography, Leete's Island Books

    9. Liz Wells (Ed), Photography : A Critical Introduction (4th edition) Routledge

    10. Liz Wells (Ed), The Photography Reader, Routledge

    11. Roland Barthes, Image and text, Fountain Press

    12. A D Coleman, Critical Focus: Photography in the International Image Community, Nazraeli Press

    13. Vicki Goldberg, Light Matters: Writings on Photography, Aperture

    14. Brooks Johnson (Ed), Photography Speaks, 150 Photographers on Their Art, Aperture

    15. Rosalind C Morris, (Ed), Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia, Duke University Press

    16. Julianne H Newton, The Burden of Visual Truth: The role of Photojournalism in Mediating Reality, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

    17. Susan Sontag, On Photography, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    18. Alan Trachtenberg, Classic Essays on Photography, Leete's Island Books

    19. Liz Wells (Ed), Photography : A Critical Introduction (4th edition) Routledge

    20. Liz Wells (Ed), The Photography Reader, Routledge