chapter  4
Walking the city
Pages 32

This chapter considers the ‘street’ as a site of social encounter and display. It establishes different orders of representation driven by the attitudes that motivate documentation and its presentation. Chapters 2 and 3 have established the significance of agency and the roles of the author, function, culture and context in determining the representation of objects and ideas. Chapters 4 and 5 will discuss the ‘documented city’ in relation to conceptions and productions of space. Both consider how photography can describe the process of living in the city rather than merely its visual appearance. This chapter discusses what and how something can be documented, in terms of how we observe and what we represent, and uses de Certeau’s metaphoric description of walking in the city to focus different attitudes. Chapter 5 will focus on the use of the photographic document for social and political ends.