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Going Unnoticed?

January 18, 2010

In Albert Maysels‘ advice regarding how to film a documentary he says that objectivity is “not “fly-on-the-wall”. That would be mindless. You need to establish rapport even without saying so but through eye contact and empathy.”  Therefore, according to Maysels, a videographer still need to interact with his or her subject in order to capture humanity.

Contrastingly, Chris Weeks, a street photographer, encourages the photographer to be a fly on the wall in order to achieve a pure image representative of humanity.

As with any human being, but especially a students, receiving contradicting advice only leads to confusion.  I guess I must learn from experience and form my own opinion.  For now, I’ll put down the text books. It’s time to learn by doing.

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