Documentary Phototgraphy

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I must admit this has been my ultimate favourite I think I can include my City Scapes assignment into that as well,

The areas of learning outcomes were as follows and came in two sections,

Documentary photography

  1. Understand the genre of documentary photography.
  2. Recognise how documentary photography can be used to communicate a message or viewpoint.
  3. Understand the techniques, materials and equipment used in documentary photography.

Understand Health and Safety issues and safe studio practice.

Using Research Skills

  1. Know how to plan and organise a piece of extended personal research
  2. Know how to carry out some research into a topic of their own choosing, using primary sources of information
  3. Know how to use a library and access other sources of secondary information to inform their judgement and support their findings
  4. Know how to organise the findings logically, in report form

Know how to analyse and draw conclusions from the information gathered.

I have found this assignment one that I could really sink my teeth into, I had lots of ideas, and even got to visit the V&A Museum in London, where I came across Eugene Atget’s work, which was truly inspiring, but I did however have a completely different plan for my documentary project, I was going to photograph my neighbour who is 91years of age and still lives in the same home since he was a little boy during the war with his parents, and I was also going to take photographs of the Coventry Cathedral and link them together, but unfortunately due to time constraints id taken both sets of photos but could only use the cathedral images for this as I was unable to gather enough evidence to make a proper documentary series that I wanted, but I have decided I may use the images of my elderly neighbour as my FMP as I feel documentary photography is where my passion lies at the moment and I feel I can make a really strong Final Major Project to exhibit in front of my friends and family (and hopefully my neighbour himself if he can make it), one that I can be proud of.

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