Thursday, November 4, 2010


Documentary:  This genre refers popular forms of chronicle significants and also historical events.  Basically it is a story within a photograph and this can be called photojournalism.  Most of the photographs are produce truthful, objective, but usually particular subjects most often pictures of people. ­­

Diane Arbus

 Diane Arbus is  in New York City in March of 1923, Diane Arbus grew up in Central Park West.  She was focus of taking pictures of people and their crazy stories 

Here is a quote from Diane Arbus:  "Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot. It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me.”

Arbus' work impacts the photography world with a sharp attack on the boundaries of what is considered to be proper or tasteful art.   One of her pictures more  notable photographs is the one with the child with the grenade in his hand and he is in Central Park.  

Farm Security Administration

 FSA was an effort during the Depression to combat American rural poverty.  "The FSA stressed "rural rehabilitation" efforts to improve the lifestyle of sharecroppers, tenants, and very poor landowning farmers, and a program to purchase submarginal land owned by poor farmers and resettle them in group farms on land more suitable for efficient farming."  Basically they helped poor farmers by purchasing land for them and put them into group to be more efficient.   The FSA photography project is most responsible for creating the image of the Depression in the USA.  Roy Stryker was an American economist, government official, and photographer. He is most famous for heading the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression and launching the documentary photography movement of the FSA.  He used his photography to show his economics texts and lectures.    Stryker's greatest contribution to the FSA's photographic project was as a manager.  The FSA is famous for its small but highly influential photography program, 1935–44, that portrayed the challenges of rural poverty. 

Larry Clark

Larry Clark is best know for his raw and contentious photographs and his focusing on teen sexuality, violence, and drug use.  Clark often uses sexually explicit imagery, as well as scenes of overt drug use and violence, actions that are addressed casually by his subjects but which are often shocking to his audiences.  The critics said about his work was that it is "exposing the reality of American suburban life at the fringe and for shattering long-held mythical conventions that drugs and violence were an experience solely indicative of the urban landscape."  He was just inspired to the teen life and what was happening with the dirty side of the teen life.  For example the drugs, sex, and fights.  

Nan Goldin

      "Her photographic journeys among the city's gay and transsexual communities was her inspiration to be a photographer." She started doing documentaries on the world of punk new wave music scene in the 70s and 80s.  Nan Golden shows in her photographs the us of drugs, violence, and aggressive couples.  Also she is best known for her richly colored, snapshot-like photographs. With in her art work she looks for the poor couples and shoots violent looking people and what their living situations.  Also she shoots the sexual life of the couples.  Most of her documentary shots are of couples or intimate scenes.  Her work confronts the everyday life of some people or couples that live in a harsh world.  

Larry Sultan

Larry Sultan made a series of pictures of his parents in their home, he was presented not only with the distortions made through the camera lens, but by his lens onto their life, too.  When he is shooting he is recording real life as it unfolded.  He used his parents in his work just as it was an ordinary day for the parents to act the same as they would and he would be taking photographs of them.  

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