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C.Y. Frankel
London, England


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I have always been fascinated most by documentary photography. I am most comfortable with documentary photography possibly because it is closer to the definition of photography that I am used to; one that looks towards the referential, indexical nature of the medium.

More recently, however, I have found myself dissatisfied with the nature of traditional documentary storytelling. Indeed, how can documentary photography be stretched further than being in the right place at the right time, finding a subject that has not yet been covered, or in having an eye for a compelling composition?

This image is a part of my ongoing MA project, Careful (working title), which I am currently sequencing into a book. The project aims to try and explore ideas of self-expression within the genre of documentary or unstaged photography and thereby challenge notions of photographic truth and neutrality, whilst still holding on to the indexical nature of the medium.

Unplanned and unstaged, the photographs are representations of people and things both unknown and familiar. They are ostensibly unrelated, taken in a variety of locations over a period of time stretching over two years.

Through their contextualisation within a larger narrative, however, the images begin to take on different identities and further layers of meaning and, hopefully, evoke a mood or set of emotional responses - telling a story - but one that might only ever exist in imagination, in the subconscious, or in the memories it pricks from the subjective life experiences of artist and viewer.





born: 1982, London, England



Middlesex University, Photography BA (hons), 2012


selected publications

Fotografia Magazine, August 2014

Lenscratch Magazine, June 2014

Photoworks, June 2014

F-Stop Magazine, June 2013


selected group shows

Panoptic, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, England, 2014

Of The Afternoon, Vyner St Gallery, London, England, 2014

Environmental Photographer of the Year, Royal Geographical Society, London, England, 2013

Portrait Salon, White Cloth Gallery, Leeds, England, 2012




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