Documentary Artist Research

Larry Burrows was an English photojournalist who was best known for his photos of the Vietnam war. Burrows was born in 1926 and became a photographer at the age of sixteen where he got a job at Life magazine. His biggest assignment for them was covering the vietnam war, he worked on this from 1962 until his death in 1971 when his helicopter was shot down in Laos.


My favourite piece or work that Burrows produced was ‘One Ride with Yankee Papa 13,’ this series really shows Burrow’s unique style of working as even though there was a whole war going on around him he only focused on one thing, in this series is was following Lance Cpl. James Farley through one mission. I love the way that Burrows captures all the emotion felt by one man which makes it very relatable to the viewer.


The way these images are taken also baffles me as they really highlight Burrow’s talent, for example the image above was taken with a camera mounted to the end of a M60 machine gun. It’s things like these that really make Burrow’s work stand out from other generic vietnam images.


I love Burrow’s style of following certain small things in big situations and I hope i can replicate this in my own work


Thomas Joshua Cooper is an American Landscape photographer born in 1946 who currently lives in Glasgow. His work ‘Between Dark and Dark’ is a series of high contrast black and white photographs taken throughout England Documenting myths and rituals of the land and those who inhabit it. I like Cooper’s style of shooting as it is something I would like to include in my own work but I don’t really like the subject of his work as it seems too much like art that documenting the spaces he visits.



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