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Documentary expression and the physicality of the referent: writing, painting and photography

John Corner

in Theorising Media

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082603
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082603.003.0008
Documentary expression and the physicality of the referent: writing, painting and photography

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This chapter analyses the physicality of the referent and the documentary expression in the media. It explores some aspects of the proto-pictorial quality of documentary expression in writing and compares it with that in painting, to which notions of documentary can be applied only with some awkwardness. The chapter also examines how the photographic image works within its distinctive alignments of the pictorial and the physical. It evaluates three written documents, including George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm and the The Guardian newspaper's reporting of the September 11 terrorist attacks the following day.

Keywords: media; documentary expression; writing; painting; photographic image; George Orwell; Wigan Pier; Sebastian Junger; Perfect Storm; Guardian

Chapter.  8347 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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