Temporal Accounts documentary photography

Term Project

Task issued: Wk1 Term 2, 2019

Task due: Week 10 Term 2, 2019

"Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments both significant and relevant to history and historical events as well as everyday life" @ Documentary Photography / Wikipedia

On the ferry to Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island 21st Sydney Biennale

This project based task explores photographic practice as a means of conveying a story / narrative or documenting an event or sequence.

Yukinori Yanagi 'Icarus Container'

As identified on the task sheet for this project the aim of the project is to:

  • Introduce you the student to the photographic practice and tradition of documentary photography.
  • Explore the making of photographs as a means of documenting time and place or constructing a narrative.
  • Investigate the elasticity of time through explorations of the world.
  • Explore the documentation of narrative accounts and the potential of photographic sequences.
  • Learn to develop conceptual meaning through the construction of curated images.
  • Explore the critical and historical aspects of the documentary photograph.
21st Sydney Biennale @ Cockatoo Island

Two core task components make up this project;

  • 1A-Practical task: The Documentary image
  • 1B-The Curated Gallery
  • Pairs + Diptych
  • Photo Flipbook
  • Hand drawn stencils
  • Images as words
  • Instagram moments
  • Small worlds
  • Mist / Spray

See examples of the above @

1A – The Documentary Image

21st Sydney Biennale @ Cockatoo Island

‘ Produce a series of photographic images that document and / or interpret; an event, journey or a narrative account of a period of time in your life’

ockatoo Ias

Your submission:

  • A minimum of 15 images.
  • 3 or more identified images as part of the submission that demonstrate an experimental approach to either camera work or post processing.
  • One ‘landmark’ image. i.e., an image that in your opinion captures the essence of your documentary.
  • One image / photo montage.
  • An evaluation / critique of your submission
  • A curated gallery of images as a web page export from Lightroom or as an Adobe Spark Page.
21st Sydney Biennale @ MCA

Part 1B

As the end of your HSC course draws near & in readiness for your 'HSC Photobook' submission, curate a selection of images from the completed coursework tasks undertaken in this unit of work.

Use Adobe Spark 'Page' for this task

The series ideally should showcase the best of your photographic and post production practice. Refer to your coursework schedule.

Include at least one carefully edited example for each task/technique undertaken

21st Sydney Biennale @ MCA
Created By
Gary Poulton


All images Gary Poulton unless otherwise stated.

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