From photographer & subject to photographer with subject

Dakam Publishing
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Conference Proceeding
Contemphoto '16/iii. International Visual Culture and Contemporary Photography Cnference, 2016, On Identity Issues in Relation to Photographic Image and Visual Culture pp. 120 - 130
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Photographing people activates a number of photographic nuances related to the act of ‘self-presentation’ and the pose. Discomfort, unease, self-consciousness and intent are just a few. In this paper I critically reflect on these through the encounter of portraiture. Considering two distinct approaches to photographing people, awareness and unawareness, my aim is to shed light on the dynamic between photographer and subject in the process of making portraits. At the center of this dynamic is the act of pointing a camera at another person with or without their knowledge. Through a detailed comparative analysis, I discuss the distribution of power between photographer and subject in terms of a distinction between my past method of photographing people covertly, and my current approach of joining my subject ‘in the picture’ to ease their discomfort and in turn my own.
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