documentaryphotography

Observation and Investigation for Documentary Photography

If the intention behind a photograph is to produce something photographic, weighted by aesthetic merit, or artistic expression, then it is your observation via the camera that you are most likely going to share in that image.

South African Photographer Captures Political Crisis at Home

A local South African commercial photographer has found himself in the epicenter of the country's most recent political unrest that has disrupted communities and left people starving, and has shifted his focus to photojournalism to make sure it does not go unseen.

Jared Polin is Crowdfunding a 256-Page Bernie Sanders Photo Book

In 2019, photographer and YouTuber Jared Polin -- also known as FroKnowsPhoto -- received an all-access pass for 48 hours in order to document the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. He is seeking backing on Kickstarter for what will feature around 100 photos in a 256-page book.

‘Anti-Minimalism’ in Documentary Photography

Minimalism can be such an effective and beautiful way to present information, especially in photographs where there needs to be only one subject or central point of clarity. However, while many seem to subscribe to the “less is more” sensibility of minimalism, which can mean chiseling away at anything non-essential, I don’t find this a useful or practical way to work when it comes to documentary photography.

Legendary Hip-Hop Photographer Chi Modu Has Died

Chi Modu, a hip-hop photographer who captured some of the most famous and iconic photos of the likes of Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G, Ice Cube, and Diddy, has passed away at the age of 54 after what is being reported as a battle with cancer.

What It Was Like Photographing China’s Extreme Sandstorm

On Monday, March 15, 2021, a record-breaking sandstorm descended on northern China, engulfing cities including the Chinese capital, Beijing. In recent decades, northern China has suffered from sandstorms as a result of increasing desertification in the north of the country which is largely dry, arid, and covered with deserts.

I Chose to Document the Final Months of My Grandparents’ Lives

I never set out to make this book nor did I have a plan for the images as I was making them. The photos were a way for me to process what was happening in front of me. This story is about my grandparents, it's about loss, and it's about dementia.

Documenting the Life and Culture of Traditional Shepherds in Hungary

Photographer Zsolt Repasy describes himself as a photographer of "folklore, traditions & forgotten values," and nowhere is that passion more obvious than in his images of Hungarian shepherds. After discovering that traditional shepherds are still alive and well in Hungary, he set out to immortalize their lives in a spirit of curiosity and openness.

How To Take Photos Like Robert Frank

Robert Frank was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker whose 1958 book titled The Americans has been heralded as perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century. In this 16-minute video, photographer Frederik Trovatten shows you how to mimic Frank's style.

2020 Pulitzer Prizes Won by Photos of Protests in Hong Kong and Oppression in Kashmir

The Pulitzer Prize has officially revealed the winners for 2020. The prize for Breaking News Photography went to the entire Reuters photography staff for their coverage of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, while the prize for Feature Photography was awarded to Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of the Associated Press for their striking documentary photos of life in Kashmir.