Documentary photography can be explained as a style of photography that chronicles events and environments, often but not always, over a period of time. These photographs generally hold historical or current day relevance on topics of issue.
Photographing organizations is just one example. This body of work focuses on Middle Tennessee State University’s Photo Society, a student organization, and provides an account on some of the events and meetings held by the group throughout the duration of the Spring 2017 semester.
Similar to America’s current political state in regards to changes in leadership, the Photo Society has also undergone a change in leadership with officers holding new positions this semester. Documenting this transition is important for many reasons; as a method of truth telling over time, to raise awareness of the society and its activities, but most importantly because it provides a record for not only the public but also members and officers to see and witness. This documentation could potentially help future officers to adapt their attitudes of how to manage a large group of people.
The work explores themes of leadership, officer and member interactions, emotions, student organization culture and events in a series of 12 large-scale 11”x14” archival prints and a printed poster of more photos from each event. The aim of this series is to provide a commentary on what participation in a student organization may be like, both as a member and as an officer in a position of administration.
The inspiration for this work came primarily from the work of Pete Souza, the former Chief Official White House photographer for Barack Obama. His documentary work throughout the Journey of the previous President from his time as a senator to the Obama Administration was captured in candid yet formal manners. This made his narrative all the more powerful as it told an honest story.
… Because history happens and photographers alone are able to capture the memories, frame by frame.