Photographer Giles Penfound on Storytelling with the Art of Photography

Giles Penfound is a professional photographer who spent about 25 years as a documentary photographer in the British Army. In this inspiring video Penfound gives insights and thoughts as to his method of working out in the field.  Penfound’s work is very thought provoking and his conflict photography spills over with empathy. His key criteria is that one has to be honest and that begins by being honest with oneself. He is particularly drawn to people and often found himself photographing unfolding situations instead of photographing the PR side of things for the army. Also telling is his statement that one does not always have to be profound or have a deeper mean. Engaging with the subject is also important for him. It is important to make that connection. Storytelling does not necessarily have to comprise a collection of images or a long project, but some of the most telling stories can be told in a single photo. Penfound states that we often discard people we should photograph because we know them (family and friends) and think they won’t make good images, but they do and we need to remember this. It is vitally important to remember this because in that single image there is a story.

Reference List

Giles Penfound | The Storyteller | Photography [vidcast, online] Neale James, Breathe Pictures 27/07/2015. 27 min 23 secs. https://vimeo.com/134352924 (accessed 03/08/2015)

Bibliography

Pictures on a Page [online]. Available from: http://www.picturesonapage.photo/ [Accessed 3 August, 2015]

Archambault, Michael (2015) Photographer Giles Penfound on Storytelling with the Art of Photography. [online]. PetaPixel. Available from: http://petapixel.com/2015/07/31/photographer-giles-penfound-on-storytelling-with-the-art-of-photography/ [Accessed 3 August, 2015]

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