The Democratic Language of Photography
By Grant Scott
Those born since the digital revolution, seem to have the hardest time re-imagining the role of photography in the world today. Thinking of photography as a visual language is the approach this book adopts to addresses this challenge.Considering photography in this way develops the metaphor of 'learning a language' when attempting to explain what photography can be, and what it can give a student in transferable creative and life skills. This begins with challenging the pre-conception that successful photography is defined by the successful single image or 'the good photograph'.The book emphasises the central role of narrative and visual storytelling through a technique of 'photosketching' to develop the building blocks of visual creativity and ultimately to craft successful bodies of photographic work.New Ways of Seeing explains how to both learn and teach photography as a visual language, appropriate for both professionals and students working today.
Table of Contents
Introduction The Narrative Eye
1. How Did We Get Here
2. Speaking in a Digital Environment
3. The Basic Vocabulary of a Visual Language
5. Building the Narrative
6. Developing Fluency
7. Speaking Out
Grant Scott is Senior Lecturer/Subject Co-Ordinator Photography, Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has worked as a photographer, writer and an art director on magazines for over thirty years; his work is held in the permanent collections of several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Tate (London) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).
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