The tourist gaze-Urry
For me this article by Urry says as much about consumerism and the myth of purchase and satisfaction as anything else. Urry writes that consumers get satisfaction more from the fantasy and daydreaming about a product or experience than the actual thing itself.
I find the arguments in this work clearer and more engaging than in the paper by Larsen, who I though over stated his area of observation. I found Urry’s work more evocative and reflective of the theme of tourism and human motivation.
The relevance for documentary photography in this article are that the general viewer is perhaps documenting their experience but in a way that is habitual and conditioned by media and the industry machine of tourism. The type of document produced is of a personal kind combined with the factual evidence of being in a place, that is said to be of worth to look at and visit. The viewer thus has an experience and documents it, but the experience is pre-determined by factors of marketing and professional suggestions leading the person to acquire a commodity experience.
In general this would seem to undermine the practice of documentary at a more focused and committed level.