This exercise asks us to read and consider the following articles:
- Think Global, Act Local’ by Diane Smyth (BJP Aug 2010, p.55) now available on Hunters website http://www.tomhunter.org/think-global-act-local/,
- Tom Hunter: Under the Influence BBC Radio 3 – available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zt7ky
Hunter’s early backgound is as different from mine as it seems easy to imagine within the boundaries of the UK and yet what he says makes a lot of sense to me. I’m particularly sympathetic to his thought that “You can slightly alter the scene, you can bring in a fiction in a way, but underlying it the core foundations are reality.” I have struggled throughout this course – which has a very historical turn to it - with the hard to kill belief that truth and subjectivity are mutually exclusive. They aren’t and, as Woman Reading an Eviction Order shows us, straight photography is not the only way to provide a document. As I’ve said before – documentary relies on the integrity of the photographer – a point which Hunter delightfully illustrates.