SM5072 - Documentary Photography (2022/23)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2022/23|
|Module title||Documentary Photography|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2022/23(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
This module aims to provide students with a rigorous understanding of the history, theory and practices of documentary photography, and to enable them to develop key photographic skills pertinent to the practice of documentary photography. The module will introduce students to the history, theory and practice of contemporary documentary photography. The module is slanted towards practice, and provides an opportunity for students to develop photographic skills or enhance their existing photographic skills, as well as their understanding of documentary photography. The module will provide practical tuition in the skills of street photography, portraiture, photographing objects in motion, and narrative photography, and will encourage and support students in the conception and development of their own documentary photographic projects. The module will also provide historical and theoretical contexts for students’ developing photographic practices, enabling them to critically reflect on their own practice as documentary photographers.
The module is organised around a combination of practical photography skills and the development of historical and theoretical knowledge of the origins and development of documentary photography. The module engages with contemporary trends and practices, including consideration of ethical and legal constraints on the practices of documentary photographers. The module encourages students to actively pursue engagement with areas of social experience through the medium of photography and empowers students to adopt a critical and reflective stance towards their own creative work and that of other photographers.
Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Weekly sessions will provide students with critical feedback on their work and will introduce students to areas of the theory, history and practices of contemporary documentary photography. Each week also includes a practical photography session, in which students will have the opportunity to develop their photographic skills and practice. Web based resources will be used, in addition to print based materials, to enable students to access a broad range of materials pertinent to the subject. Students are expected to devote time to developing their practice in between weekly sessions in order to obtain a substantial body of material that can be used to develop their final portfolio.
At the end of this module students will be able to:
1. Position contemporary documentary photographic practices within historical and theoretical contexts.
2. Explain the ethical and legal issues that arise in contemporary documentary practice
3. Critically appraise their own images and those of other photographers.
4. Produce a portfolio of high quality images.
There are two contributory assessments:
1. Portfolio consisting of 10 images of publishable quality: This will directly demonstrate achievement of LO4 and will also show evidence of understanding of the relation of the work produced to the theory and history of documentary photography and photojournalism (LO1) and legal and ethical concerns (LO2)
2. Critical reflection of no more than 200 words per image on each image contained in the portfolio: This will demonstrate students’ critical approach to their own practice (LO3) as well as providing further evidence of the achievement of LO1 and LO2
A marking scheme will be included in the module handbook to ensure students are familiar with the criteria by which their work will be assessed.
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