Drawing on Topolski : An exploration of the relationship between reportage drawing and documentary filmmaking

Oldham, A. (2014) Drawing on Topolski : An exploration of the relationship between reportage drawing and documentary filmmaking. In: AVANCA | CINEMA 2014 / International conference, Portugal, 23 - 27 July 2014. Portugal: Avanca Conference Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/24550

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I am in the process of making a short documentary film called “Drawing on Topolski”, which follows the story of a residency programme for young illustrators that has been inspired by the memory of the renowned Polish emigre artist Feliks Topolski. The young artists I have been following use a style of documentary drawing called reportage, where they work in a quick, observational style to capture the essence of the reality in front of them. Their project “Chronicle” is based on months of drawing around the streets of London (at markets, commercial centres, the Houses of Parliament, the law courts, abandoned council estates, food banks and anti fracking protests) and is directly based on Topolski’s own Chronicles, where he printed his own reportage drawings on brown butcher’s paper every month throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties. This paper will summarise the project, particularly exploring the comparison between the modes of observational documentary film and the theory of the camera stylo, and the far less mediated practice of reportage drawing. The paper will also look at some of the multiplatform outcomes of the project (crossing film, drawing, social media and gallery exhibitions) particularly in their relation to interdisciplinary practice and the principles of Practice as Research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:documentary, Topolski, reportage, illustration
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
ID Code:24550
Deposited By: A. Oldham
Deposited On:18 Dec 2014 10:35
Last Modified:09 Feb 2018 21:20

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