A Photographer’s Guide to Documentary Photography
Written by Nasrul Eam
With photography, we capture the essence of freedom with authenticity, by preserving the moment in inhuman time. We can traverse back in time and meet a World War I veteran or go on a spiritual journey to the most serene mosque. We may visit a refugee camp, where life suddenly stands still, or join a peaceful demonstration for Gaza to stop the sorrow and pain of her people. We may perhaps just overlook them and fly over the Detroit River, or enjoy the century-old Tower Bridge on the river Thames. We can simply take a journey through the corridor of passion that leads us to the Far East, Beijing then to Niseko, Japan, down to the land of Thousand Islands, then to the deserts of Africa, the mediaeval villages in Indian subcontinent, where they still use the ancient technique for cultivation. Despite the variety of locations, there is a common theme in photography, capturing a moment in time.
From a village in an unexplored territory to the war zone, there are always moments to be documented. It is the “documentation of time” that has changed the way we see and understand the world around us, a kind of encyclopedic desire to record the world, which gave birth to documentary, as well as street, candid, and portrait forms of photography from perspectives that had never seen before. With this guide, we will discover what documentary photography really is, to show things that cannot be spoken of. This is a guide that every photographer should study to understand its essence, which the medium of photography offers.
Publisher: Light & Composition University Press
Author: Nasrul Eam
Edition: Second Edition
Published on: November 01, 2017
Last Revised: June 28, 2018
Pages: 20 pages
Format: Native PDF
Size: 9.3 MB
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Nasrul has been setting new standards as an author, photographer, editor, educator, and art director for more than a decade. Currently Editor-in-Chief at Light & Composition, Head of Department of Art and Photography, and Language and Linguistics at Light & Composition University, Nasrul started his professional career in 2000. He wrote books such as The Quintessence of Photography: Understanding Composition, for developing artistic vision, and The Essence of Close-up Photography, for developing the basics of photographic vocabulary and exploring close-up photography with an artistic touch. His other books are Illuminating Nature, volume 1 and 2, with vivid examples of nature and wildlife photography, The Happy Children of the Third World, which touches on the meaning of life, to its core, and Mastering Food Photography. Understanding the Building Blocks of English Language, and Understanding the Structure of English Language, are two of his well-known books, which have been used in English language learning programs, in different countries around the world. Nasrul has published over 100 articles on various aspects of art, photography, language, linguistics, religion, and science.
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