Wednesday, March 28, 2007

{ Athens, Ohio } Doc2007.

Define Documentary Photography:

At its core, it should create a document, a record, making permanent something that is fleeting. Using a camera to grab and make still a piece of the world that is in a state of change, that has changed, or will never change. Documentary photography, I believe, should be a defining piece of imagery that when seen becomes memory. It is made permanent.

Found in compassion for a subject and a desire to remember comes the need to create a remembrance.

I believe that documentary photography and memory are very closely linked. We remember the people that came before us in our minds from the imagery that they created then. Maybe unbeknownst to them, they were documentarians.

Matthew Brady created memories of the Civil War for all generation to follow him because of the power of his documentary photographs.

Documents can create memories as well as memories can be documented.

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