My notes for the “Narrative, Power and Responsibilty” talk by Prof David Campbell:
– Portraiture- Trying to put a face on the issue.
– The event isn’t what happens, it is what is narrated (reported).
– Narrative always includes time & space.
– Most narrative is linear [beginning, middle & end], however, some aren’t, e.g. in film when a character has recollections
– We continuously try to place things in context.
– If someone constructs a narrative, they wish to communicate a story.
– The process of narration is to include some things and exclude others.
– Narrative operates at various different levels.
– “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t reading enough” Tod Papageorge
“the more that you can relate work to particular contexts – both what’s involved in the issue, and also the channels through which it gets distributed – then potentially the greater impact it can have.”
To summarise, in order to effectively communicate an event, we must choose words and photos wisely so the audience can place it in the correct context. We must distribute the narrative in every way possible, utilising social media for example, to gain audience.