Doing Documentary Work

Doing Documentary Work In this thought provoking volume the renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles author of The Children of Crisis series offers a penetrating look into the nature of documentary work Utilizing the doc

  • Title: Doing Documentary Work
  • Author: Robert Coles
  • ISBN: 9780195124958
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this thought provoking volume, the renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles, author of The Children of Crisis series, offers a penetrating look into the nature of documentary work Utilizing the documentaries of writers, photographers, and filmmakers, Coles shows how their prose and pictures are influenced by the observers frame of reference their social and educationIn this thought provoking volume, the renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles, author of The Children of Crisis series, offers a penetrating look into the nature of documentary work Utilizing the documentaries of writers, photographers, and filmmakers, Coles shows how their prose and pictures are influenced by the observers frame of reference their social and educational background, personal morals, and political beliefs He discusses literary documentaries James Agee s searching portrait of Depression era tenant farmers, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and George Orwell s passionate description of England s coal miners, The Road to Wigan Pier Like many documentarians, Coles argues, Agee and Orwell did not try to be objective, but instead showered praise on the noble poor and contempt on the privileged classes including themselves for exploiting these workers Documentary photographs can be equally revealing about the observer Coles demonstrates how famous photographers such as Walker Evans and Dorthea Lange edited and cropped their pictures to produce a desired effect Even the shield of the camera could not hide the presence of the photographer Coles also illuminates his points through his personal portraits of William Carlos Williams Robert Moses, one of the leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s Erik H Erikson, biographer of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther and others Documentary work, Coles concludes, is a narrative constructed by the observer and is meant not only to represent reality but inevitably to interpret it.

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    About "Robert Coles"

    1. Robert Coles

      Child psychiatrist, author, Harvard professor.Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College.

    371 thoughts on “Doing Documentary Work”

    1. Some good thoughts on the psychology of documentary work, but I hoped for more practicalities. I found it ironic when the author talked about other work that was long-winded and bloated because this book was much the same way. Glad I read it, but glad I'm done.


    2. Alternately wonderfully thought-provoking and pedantic. Yet Coles manages to create a indispensable reference for anyone doing documentary work. It's partly a survey of documentarians (with particular emphasis on the Work Progress Administration photographers from the depression era and William Carlos Williams, the physician poet). Coles uses these examples to illustrate aspects of the documentary process. He also shares his own work and process and underscores the reflective/dialogical nature o [...]


    3. An adequate starting place for someone beginning to do documentary work, though he speaks specifically to real-time documentations, particularly of people, rather than more broadly discussing working with documents or non-present time. His background as a psychologist and professor in the Duke Documentary Studies program offers a unique perspective to the field and I tried to translate his ethical discussions for what it might mean for those doing historical research. Many still apply to both. T [...]


    4. Windy, bloated, overindulgent, incohesive academic blather as its worst. The irony is that Coles claims to be a documentarian, yet he lacks the ability to articulate even the simplest ideas in a clear, straightforward manner, leaving his audience uninformed. Pure torture this one.




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