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Documentary Photography Reconsidered
History, Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781472586698
Published October 17, 2019 by Routledge
264 Pages

USD $45.95

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Book Description

Documentary photography is undergoing an unprecedented transformation as it adapts to the impact of digital technology, social media and new distribution methods. In this book, photographer and educator Michelle Bogre contextualizes these changes by offering a historical, theoretical and practical perspective on documentary photography from its inception to the present day. Documentary Photography Reconsidered is structured around key concepts, such as the photograph as witness, as evidence, as memory, as narrative and as a vehicle for activism and social change. Chapters include in-depth interviews with some of the world's leading contemporary practitioners, demonstrating the wide variety of different working styles, techniques and topics available to new photographers entering the field. Every key concept is illustrated with work from a range of innovative, influential and often under-represented photographers, giving a flavor of the depth and range of projects from the history of this global art form. There are also creative projects designed to spark ideas and build skills, to help you conceive, develop and produce your own meaningful documentary projects. The book is supported by a companion website, which includes in-depth video interviews with featured practitioners.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Steven MayesIntroductionChapter 1. Reconsidering Documentary PhotographyChapter 2. Documentary Photography and MemoryChapter 3: The Documentary Photograph as EvidenceChapter 4. The Photographer as WitnessChapter 5: NarrativeAppendix: ResourcesBibliographyEndnotesList of IllustrationsIndex

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Michelle Bogre, a Professor Emerita at Parsons School of Design, is a documentary photographer, copyright lawyer and author of Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, and Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century, both published by Focal Press. She regularly writes about photography and law for national print and on line publications. She is working on a long-term documentary project on family farms in America.


"Offering wide-ranging examples of documentary photography, more than 160 images depict subjects from the ravages of the Civil War to family life in Southeast Ohio’s Appalachia. Highly recommended. - CHOICE A much needed comprehensive consideration of where documentary photography is today, led by the voices of diverse practitioners working in the field. - Siân Addicott, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK"