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Self Portrait of a Videographer

Written by Lacy Manship
February 16, 2011

That’s Amari.  And this has to be one of my favorite video clips.  In fact, in writing about first grade documentaries today, I have watched this one at least 17 times.  In its four seconds of footage, it sort of says it all.  The camera circles around… you see for a moment and hear the kids and the classroom.  And you hear me, acting in that moment for the school institution…”5 minute warning”… then the camera circles back around to Amari.  She is forming and is formed by the social identity of our classroom.  With the camera in her hand, circling around the social world of first grade, she is participating in the composition of a classroom story.

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