Gen-X Documentary Photography

Mathew, Deepak John (2013) Gen-X Documentary Photography. Art & Deal, 31 (Sept).

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Photographers who have devised strategies, performances and staging especially for the camera are mentioned in this article as they have challenged the traditional stereotype of documentary photography. Some photographers go out for a daily shoot, looking for the moment when a picture of great visual quality appears in the frame. They work with a pre-conceived idea and frame in mind and capture an image which fits their prerequisite about documentary. This does not address the aspects of documenting contemporary art performances, although some outcomes can have the quality of the casual documentation of the artistic performance. Though the work tells a story, it avoids the aspect of tableau photography in contemporary art. Tableau photography is also called constituted or staged photography because the angles of the camera and the elements depicted are worked out in advance and put together to articulate a formulated idea for the creation of the image. Some of the photographs look into the idea of photographic aesthetic. The image may lack drama or visual impact within the picture, but the size and presentation do the needful. The impact of these kinds of images is lost when they’re printed in small books or magazines. Another interesting aspect to look at is photography projects that push the boundaries of what would be considered as a ‘good’ subject for ‘art’ is a trend to ignore objects and spaces that are normally dismissed as ordinary. But they are conceptually photographed and presented as ‘art’. By this definition everything in the real world could be a potential subject, if viewed subjectively. Another idea is to retain or create the machine-made look of photography when intimate subjects are approached. If we concentrated on personalizing

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Item Type: Article
Subjects: Arts > Photography
Divisions: Department of Design
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Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 11:26
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