Narrative Photography – How to tell a story in 1 Frame
Through the ages, myth and story have been the primary vehicles for human communication. Photographic storytelling is the art of conveying stories, ideas and viewpoints through the medium of photography ; not just the practice of creating visually interesting or stunning pictures, but about telling stories, real or constructed. To create a complex narrative within photography is much more abstract than a simple linear story, as much of the interpretation happens in the mind of the viewer. In this talk, I will discuss the tools of creating narrative within photography and speak to my 25 yrs. experience photographing documentary and large scale tableaux in Vancouver.
Dina Goldstein is a Canadian photographer working with large-scale tableau, exploring elements of the human condition, through the lens of Pop Surrealism. Dina’s career began as a photojournalist and editorial and photographer. She describes her early work as photoanthropology, where she documented and exhibited portraits of Palestinians, Gamblers, Teenagers, Weightlifters, Wrestlers and various other subcultures. Dina was inspired by personal events when she created the highly conceptual ‘Fallen Princesses’ series 2007-2009. The series questions the “happily ever after” motif created by Disney and Western society. The project was a huge online success and continuously goes viral. She continued with a tradition of fine detailed productions with her second major body of work ‘In the Dollhouse’, 2012, a 10 part sequential narrative that takes place within a very pink adult sized Dollhouse belonging to Barbie and Ken. Dina has won numerous awards such as the Arte Laguna Grand Prize, which invited her to attend a residency in India. That experience inspired ‘Gods Of Suburbia’, 2014, a most complex photographic initiative. The work is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. Dina released Modern Girl, 2016, a series inspired by Chinese advertising posters of the 1930’s. Modern Girl examines identity, gender roles, diasporic cultures, and consumerism. Snapshots From The Garden Of Eden, 2017 is Goldstein’s most recent work and was commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum Of San Francisco for the exhibit Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggi. The series features 11 large-scale Black and White tableaux images with representing characters and passages from Leaves From The Garden Of Eden.
Dina was awarded the Prix Virginia in 2014, an International Prize for Women, and invited to Paris where an exhibit was mounted. Dina continues to create new work and exhibits at festivals, public galleries, museums and commercial galleries internationally.