Essay Drafts

Introduction: DRAFT 1
Documentary photography is considered to be a reliable resource to collect data and document events in real time. Many historical events and important issues have been captured through photography to help share narratives to the world by both truth and fictional photography. We rely on documentary photography to show us the truth and to set aside false claims. Staged photography is not often associated with documentary photography due to the scenes that are physically constructed, but it has been used to help share real-world issues and historical events just as well as factual photography. In this essay I will discuss the importance of documentary photography and how staged photography can help compile visual evidence that accurately represents a person’s livelihood as well to help tell narratives of real-world issues just as much factual photography.

Introduction: DRAFT 2
Documentary photography is considered to be a reliable resource to collect data and document events in real-time. We rely on documentary photography to show us the truth and to help set aside false claims. Digital and photographic manipulation is often associated with fashion along with other promotional photography and is not something most documentary photographers openly use as it can then be classed as an unreliable resource to document the truth. Because of this, staged photography is also considered to be an unreliable resource when it comes to documentary photography due to the scenes that are physically constructed. In this essay I will discuss the importance of documentary photography and how staged photography can help compile visual evidence that accurately represents a person’s livelihood in addition to helping tell narratives of real-world issues and historic events just as well as factual photography. I will show evidence that will support this and prove that the stigma of all fictional documentary photographs being an unreliable resource for showing truth, is not always entirely the case.

 

 

 

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