The magazine of the art-form of the photo-essay
May 2016 back issue
The  Documentary Impulse
by Stuart Franklin
A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous! Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
Stuart Franklin took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century – the ‘tank man’ in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. On 4th May, he joins the how to: Academy to explore the history and future of documentary photography. From his insightful position as a Magnum photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, he identifies the impulses that have led to the creation of the most important images of the last century: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalization of memory. With a photographer’s eye and a philosopher’s mind, Franklin will examine the work of the great documentary photographers of the past and present – from Robert Capa, to Martin Parr.
Stuart Franklin, Tank Man, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, 1989. (c) Stuart Franklin/Magnum Photos.
Stuart Franklin, Handprints on wall, c.20,000 BCE, New South Wales, Australia, 2008. (c) Stuart Franklin / Magnum Photos
Yosuke Yamahata, August 10, 1945, Nagasaki, 1945. (c) Shogo Yamahata
Hunting Fowl in the Marshes, fragment of a scene from the tomb-chapel of Nebamun, Thebes, 18th dynasty, c. 1390 BCE, Tomb-painting, painted plaster, 81 cm (2 ft 8 in) high. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum
Edward S. Curtis, Tearing Lodge - Piegan, 1910. Edward S. Curtis/National Geographic Creative
O. M. (Guy) Manning, FR Barton using paint to accentuate a facial tattooo, c. 1899-1907. Collections of the State Library of NSW
Lewis Wickes Hine, John Howell, an Indianapolis newsboy, makes $.75 some days. Begins at 6 a.m., Sundays. (Lives at 215 W. Michigan St.) Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, 1908. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
Dorothea Lange, Pea pickers line on edge of field of weigh scale. Near Calipatria, Imperial County, California, 1939. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
Gustave Courbet, The Burial at Ornans, 1849, oil on canvas, 315 x 668 cm.
Philippe Chancel, Arirang, 2006, from the series 'DPRK'. (c) Philippe Chancel
Ana Casas Broda, from the book Kinderwunsch, 2014. (c) Ana Casas Broda
Charles Harbutt, X-Ray Man, Gare Montparnasse, Paris, 1973. (c) Charles Harbutt
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