PAP 150 MODULE 5: DOCUMENTARY

Photo by SPAO graduate Alison Lacasse

Photo by SPAO graduate Alison Lacasse

The Documentary module familiarizes students with the visual fine art expression of our lived experience. Students are introduced to a wide variety of approaches to documentary, sequencing and visual narratives. A central component of this module is the consideration of ethical and moral issues that accompany this photographic practice. Topics will include: personal voice and coherence in visual style; editorial objectives; the relationship between camera, subject and audience; layout options and requirements; and the role of supporting textual documentation.

Attention will be give to print coherence and to the overall design choices. Students will produce and present a series of fine art documentary based silver gelatin prints. The module concludes with a group critique of the student’s documentary work.

Textbook: The Photograph, Graham Clarke (New York & Oxford), 1997.
Note: The textbook provided by the school is used for all 100 level modules.
It is subject to change if and when a more recent and//or appropriate textbook is published and available.