frank Hurley essay

1336 WordsJun 6, 20156 Pages
Maya Martin-Westheimer English Advanced assessment task 3 “Discoveries may be challenged and questioned and their worth reassessed over time” “He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles Throughout history, discoveries are constantly being challenged, questioned and their worth reassessed. As a result of texts’ questioning nature, responders gain a deeper insight into the subject matter which heightens or lessens their credibility. This is evident in Simon Nasht’s documentary Frank Hurley-The Man Who Made History (2004) and Hannah Kent’s historical fiction Burial Rites published in 2013. Via the use of literary and filmic techniques, notably narration, montage, point of view and embellished retelling, each…show more content…
This notion is especially attained though the direct camera interview with Joanna Wright from the Royal Geographical Society, London. In the interview Wright appears to marvel at Hurley’s photographs whilst saying “What Hurley managed to bring together was a fantastic story with fantastic images…It was a seminal moment in the history of photography, because no one had ever realised just how powerful images are. And Hurley did that”. Direct camera interviews establish complete trust between subject and viewer, Nasht uses Wright’s interview to highlight Hurley’s significance as a artistic photographer. Rediscovery of a subject matter in a new context also allows for a re-examination of the role of context in determining the original estimation of a person or event. In their respective texts Nasht and Kent challenge whether their subjects, Hurley and Agnes, were victims of their time and ask audiences to evaluate whether they were deserving of the judgement placed against them. In his lifetime Hurley was subject to considerable criticism associated with the questionable morals and actions behind his works and adventures. Nasht repeatedly uses direct to camera interviews of multiple experts to question with hindsight the motivations of Hurley’s work. The main controversy involving Hurley within the documentary is his exploitation of a village and theft of their sacred artefacts during his visit to Papua New Guinea. Nash’s inclusion of information
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