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Documentary Photography: Week 1

Documentary Photography: Week 1

I’m taking Documentary Photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) taught by Richard Schulman. This class will teach me how to create compelling narrative photos.

Information about the exhibit.

I went to the David Zwirner Gallery to see their exhibit on Roy DeCarava.

I was disappointed.

For every compelling image, there were several that felt like "snapshots" and hollow. My underwhelmed feeling was a result of too many photos. DeCarava's diluted brilliance made him appear as an average photographer.

An elegant display of DeCarava’s photos.

As I progressed through the exhibit, I swung from "wow!" to "eh, I guess." The mediocre photos pulled my attention from the intimacy he captured in his work.

I once read the best way for a photographer to create a portfolio was to have a unifying idea and not overwhelm the viewer with images outside the scope. Having a theme brings clarity and confidence to the collection. There’s was at best, a muddled vision for this exhibit.

It’s a shame this retrospective didn’t show DeCarava at his best because his style, agenda, and perspective were paramount to photography's acceptance as an art form.

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