Doing Documentary Work

Doing Documentary Work

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The renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Children in Crisis series, offers a penetrating look into the nature of documentary work. Utilizing the documentaries of writers, photographers, and others, 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. Through revealing discussions with documentarians and insightful analysis of their work, complemented by dramatic black-and-white photographs from Lange and Evans, Doing Documentary Work will provoke the reader into reconsidering how fine the line is between truth and fiction. It is an invaluable resource for students of the documentary and anyone interested in this important genre.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195124952
  • 9780195124958
  • 488,440

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"The complicated, tightrope dance of the ethical documentarian is the subject of Robert Coles' superb Doing Documentary Work. "--The Boston Book Review"Coles ensures that one will never look at documentary work--no matter how well done or well meaning--quite the same way again."--Washington Post Book World "The complicated, tightrope dance of the ethical documentarian is the subject of Robert Coles' superb Doing Documentary Work. "--The Boston Book Review"Coles ensures that one will never look at documentary work--no matter how well done or well meaning--quite the same way again."--Washington Post Book World "The complicated, tightrope dance of the ethical documentarian is the subject of Robert Coles' superb Doing Documentary Work. "--The Boston Book Review "Coles ensures that one will never look at documentary work--no matter how well done or well meaning--quite the same way again."--Washington Post Book World "The complicated, tightrope dance of the ethical documentarian is the subject of Robert Coles' superb Doing Documentary Work. "--The Boston Book Review "Coles ensures that one will never look at documentary work--no matter how well done or well meaning--quite the same way again."--Washington Post Book World "The complicated, tightrope dance of the ethical documentarian is the subject of Robert Coles' superb Doing Documentary Work. "--The Boston Book Review"Coles ensures that one will never look at documentary work--no matter how well done or well meaning--quite the same way again."--Washington Post Book Worldshow more

About Robert Coles

Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. An essayist, poet, and noted writer, he is a founding member of the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University and co-editor of the documentary magazine Double Take.show more

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75 ratings
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4 44% (33)
3 27% (20)
2 8% (6)
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