Narrative photography

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Narrative photography is the idea that photographs can be used to tell a story. Allen Feldman stated that "the event is not what happens. The event is that which can be narrated".[1] In this case, the medium is photography. However, because photography captures single discreet moments, and narrative, as described by Jerome Bruner is irreducibly temporal, there is doubt that photography can actually represent narrative structure.[2]

The Narrative Photography Competition in Portland, Oregon describes the concept in the following way: "The power of narrative, or story telling is at the foundation of much of photography. Photograhers (sic) are creating complex and descriptive moments in time. Contemporary photographers are crafting and documenting new forms of a visual short story." [3]


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