Representation Of A Camera, By Walker And Agee 's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

700 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
It could be argued that in a written documentary, the images and information that the author chooses to include are purposeful. Unlike with a camera, the only aspects of the people and the surroundings that are being portrayed are what the author meant to portray. Events that occur during the documenter’s process with a camera, can be edited, but one never knows what images slip past this editing process and make it into the documentary. This is not the case with written works. In Walker and Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the July sections begins with the “chapter” “Late Sunday Morning.” Walker and Agee meet a man who wants to take them out to the country to meet his tenants, and the man, whose name Agee cannot remember, informs them that they can take pictures, but the difficulty would be “[keeping] the niggers from running off when they see a camera” (23). Agee is not particularly concerned with this because “nearly all his tenants were negroes and no use to [him]” (24). When reading this passage, this segment and the segment named “Near a Church” both focus on Agee’s interactions with African Americans, I wonder what the point was of including them in then book. Agee would have completely left out these scenes since he does not delve deeply into how African Americans families were living during this time period. Why include these interactions if they had “no use” for him?
I believe that this goes back to how Agee feels about journalism. As a documenter, he…

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