Short Title:Documentary Photography
Full Title:Documentary Photography
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:FOTO H3006
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:TOM JENNER
Module Description:Photography has a wide-ranging tradition of documentary realism and the purpose of this module is to deliver a working understanding of documentary photographic practices, to enable the photographing of subjects which may be unfamiliar to the student and which may require preparatory research, investigation and assessment; this will be complemented by a study of contextual, theoretical, critical, cultural and historical aspects of the medium, with reference to documentary practices.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate competence in the techniques and working methods applied in documentary photography, working autonomously ‘in the field’ as a documentary photographer.
LO2 Produce a resolved body of documentary photographs, consisting of a series of at least twelve finely printed and presented photographs.
LO3 Assess the development of different areas of documentary photography and carry out detailed studies and critical analysis on the work of documentary photographers.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The project this semester will comprise of production-based photographic documentary work; printed and presented to a high standard. Students will be required to keep a project workbook throughout the semester, which will form an intrinsic part of all project work completed. The purpose of the workbook is to give each student the opportunity to present, to a high standard, an in-depth study including all background material and supporting work involved in production (see module Content). 1,2,3 60.00 Sem 1 End
Project Students will write up their own notes throughout the semester, which will then be presented in the workbook (see above), detailing their contextual research, progression and development of ideas, technical notes, exhibitions and seminars attended, etc. Appropriate academic referencing and bibliographic conventions should be applied throughout. All project work will be assessed holistically under the following criteria: Concept (e.g. contextual research and understanding, development of ideas); Production (e.g. technical proficiency, working competence, creativity); Presentation (e.g. attention to detail, print quality, final presentation). 1,2,3 40.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer/Lab Students will attend lectures and participate in practical workshops, lecturer-supervised learning, tutorials, seminars and critiques. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Students will undertake independent research and related practical work outside of scheduled class times. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Long, Declan, 2017, Ghost-Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland, Manchester University Press
  • Mosse, Richard, 2017, Incoming, Mack Books
  • Balsom, Erika and Hila Peleg, eds., 2016, Documentary Across Disciplines, The MIT Press
  • Franklin, Stuart, 2016, The Documentary Impulse, Phaidon
  • Sekula, Allan, 2016, Photography Against the Grain: Essays and Photo Works, 1973-1983, 2nd Ed., Mack Books
  • Azoulay, Ariella 2015, Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography, Verso Books
  • Roberts, John, 2015, Photography and its Violations, Columbia University Press
  • Tuck, Sarah, 2015, After the Agreement: Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland,, Black Dog Publishing
  • Graham, Colin, 2013, Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Belfast Exposed
  • Ritchin, Fred, 2013, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen, Aperture
  • Stallabrass, Julian, ed., 2013, Documentary (Documents of Contemporary Art), The MIT Press
  • Azoulay, Ariella, 2012, The Civil Contract of Photography, The MIT Press
  • Levi Strauss, David, 2012, Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics, 2nd Ed., Aperture
  • Mose, Richard, 2012, Infra, Aperture
  • Batchen, Geoffrey, et al., eds., 2011, Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis, Reaktion Books
  • Carville, Justin, 2011, Photography and Ireland, Reaktion Books
  • Farrell, David; Haughey, Anthony; Nickerson, Jackie; Mosse, Richard; Seawright, Paul; Wylie, Donovan 2011, The Long View, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
  • Linfield, Susie, 2010, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence, University of Chicago Press
  • Haughey, Anthony, 2006, Disputed Territory, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
  • Sontag, Susan, 2004, Regarding the Pain of Others, Penguin
  • Flusser, Vilem, 2000, Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Reaktion Books
  • Roberts, John, 1998, The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday, Manchester University Press
  • Tagg, John, 1993, The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photography and Histories, University of Minnesota Press
  • McCullin, Don, 1992, Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography, Vintage
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Aperture - international journal specialising in photography, quarterly journal
  • British Journal of Photography, monthly journal
  • Source - magazine of contemporary photography in Britain and Ireland, quarterly journal
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HAVAB_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 6 Elective