Surface tension: navigating socially engaged documentary photographic practices

Turnbull, Gemma-Rose (2015) Surface tension: navigating socially engaged documentary photographic practices. Nordicom Review, 36 Special Issue: 79-95.

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Author Turnbull, Gemma-Rose
Title Surface tension: navigating socially engaged documentary photographic practices
Journal name Nordicom Review
ISSN 1403-1108
2001-5119
Publication date 2015-04-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 36
Issue Special Issue
Start page 79
End page 95
Total pages 17
Place of publication Goeteborg, Sweden
Publisher N O R D I C O M A/S / Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract As Documentary Photographers increasingly introduce the collaborative and participatory methodologies common to socially engaged art practices into their projects (particularly those that are activist in nature, seeking to catalyse social change agendas and policies through image making and sharing), there is an increased tension between the process of production and the photographic representation that is created. Over the course of the last five years I have utilised these methodologies of co-authorship. This article contextualizes this kind of transdisciplinary work, and examines the ways in which the integration of collaborative strategies and co-authored practice in projects that are explicitly designed to be of benefit to a primary audience (the participants, collaborators and producers) might be usefully disseminated to a secondary audience (the general public, the ‘art world’, critics etc.) through analysis of my projects Red Light Dark Room; Sex, lives and stereotypes made in Melbourne, Australia, and The King School Portrait Project made in Portland, Oregon, America
Keyword Collaborative photography
Documentary photography
Participatory photography
Socially engaged art
Wendy Ewald
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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