Reflection on Part One

Before reading Part One, I hadn’t really thought about the my ideas of documentary photography.

Now, I can understand that not all images are ‘real’, in the way that ‘what you see is what you get’. More often than not, the photographer already knows what they want to capture when they set out to take the image. Even when they are trying to be objective, they are still using their thoughts on feelings on the situation when they choose when to take them photograph. In the same way, the audience will view the photos differently depending on their previous experiences.

Reportage photography tries to catch the realness of life, and to conjure thoughts and feelings with the viewer, by telling them a story. In the same way, documentary tries to tell a story, but is used in a way that they try to change political or social situations, normally in an exaggerated way. Photojournalism also uses this. These images have the most impact and are the most thought provoking. Photographers try to create images that they think will sell the extremes of the story. Art photography can be taken or manipulated in a way that the photographer wants the audience to see them, telling the story of the situation in the way they want it to be told, which does not always necessary have complete truth to it.


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