From street life and political protest, to anti-war demonstrations and gay pride marches to the effects of globalisation and city deprivation, artists William Klein and Daido Moriyama convey urban experience through their photographic and film works from 1950 onwards.
Today, hand held devices document an abundance of urban experiences. From recent protests in Spain and Greece, to the Student Fees protests in 2010, we can all act as journalists on the ground, getting coverage that the mainstream media can’t always reach. We have the ability to capture and represent events and evidence as we experience them and often this can give the amateur a voice against the institution.
So, how does film and photography represent urban experience and political protest?
Are we all journalists now?
Does amateur journalism give us a truer representation of actual events?