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Looking and Telling, Again and Again: The Documentary Impulse

Looking and Telling, Again and Again: The Documentary Impulse Essay .................... Looking and Telling, Again and Again The Documentary Impulse by Tom Rankin Copiah County, Mississippi, 1990, courtesy of the author. n the days immediately following the terror in Charleston, South Carolina, and the murder of nine people attending bible study at the Mother Emanuel aME Church, I was certain I heard a particularly revealing comment on the radio from Reverend Norvel Goff. Reverend Goff, presiding elder of the 7th District aME Church in South Carolina, became interim pastor of Emanuel aME after the murder of Reverend Clemente Pinkney. Reverend Goff officiated all of the memorial services in the weeks following. I'm convinced I heard him, in an interview with nPr or some other in-depth radio program, say that he and others at Mother Emanuel were to the point of "thinking in photographs," having witnessed so many images in the news. Reverend Goff 's insightful way of talking about the power and primacy of the visual message struck me as even more interesting for the fact that he was so often the one photographed, so often among those represented in the media. Even those in the middle of such a dramatic and difficult time, I thought, could http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Looking and Telling, Again and Again: The Documentary Impulse

Southern Cultures , Volume 22 (1) – Feb 28, 2016

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Essay .................... Looking and Telling, Again and Again The Documentary Impulse by Tom Rankin Copiah County, Mississippi, 1990, courtesy of the author. n the days immediately following the terror in Charleston, South Carolina, and the murder of nine people attending bible study at the Mother Emanuel aME Church, I was certain I heard a particularly revealing comment on the radio from Reverend Norvel Goff. Reverend Goff, presiding elder of the 7th District aME Church in South Carolina, became interim pastor of Emanuel aME after the murder of Reverend Clemente Pinkney. Reverend Goff officiated all of the memorial services in the weeks following. I'm convinced I heard him, in an interview with nPr or some other in-depth radio program, say that he and others at Mother Emanuel were to the point of "thinking in photographs," having witnessed so many images in the news. Reverend Goff 's insightful way of talking about the power and primacy of the visual message struck me as even more interesting for the fact that he was so often the one photographed, so often among those represented in the media. Even those in the middle of such a dramatic and difficult time, I thought, could

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 28, 2016

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