Saturday, 18 April 2009

// What is Documentary Photography?

Documentary Photographers are our eyewitnesses with their observations of the world and its people. They use their knowledge, skills and trained eye to see the hidden messages in our societies and captures the moments of time for all of us to see, now and in the future.

Documentary Photography has many definitions//

//Profotos says that Documentary Photography is taking photographs to provide a record of social and political situations with the aim of conveying information.

//The photography grad student Jenny Ackerman at Ohio University has her own definition of this style of photography.

//Karin Becker Orn, Professor at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden :

’ The cluster of characteristics defining the documentary style incorporates all aspects of the making and use of photographs. Although not rigid, these characteristics serve as referents for comparing photographers work within... the documentary tradition – a tradition that includes aspects of journalism, art, education, sociology and history. Primarily, documentary was thought of as having a goal beyond the production of fine art. The photographer’s goal was to bring the attention of an audience to the subject of his or her work and, in many cases, to pave the way for social change.’

in 'Photography – a critical introduction'

Even though photography was invented a century earlier, it was in the 20th century that documentary photographers were to realize their creative potential of their medium and to achieve full recognition as artists.

In this blog I will try to reflect and portray the works of Documentary Photographers that have reported on the world and done so in the finest ways.


  1. Hi there! I'm looking forward to follow your documentary photography project!

  2. Street Photography Book

    British based documentary photographer and film maker Pogus Caesar has launched his new book Sparkbrook Pride (2011).

    Sparkbrook Pride consists of 70 black-and-white photos celebrating the residents of Sparkbrook, Birmingham (Great Britain)–where Caesar grew up–all taken with his antique 1980s Canon Sureshot camera. Documenting the diverse people who live and work in the area, the book features both the long-standing residents from the West Indies, Ireland, India, and Pakistan and the more recent additions to the community from Somalia, Sudan, Malawi, and Afghanistan, celebrating the rich cultural mix that defines the area. The book will be launched this spring in the United Kingdom.

    The foreword has been specially written by British Caribbean dub poet, playwright, and activist Benjamin Zephaniah. Zephaniah, who was raised in Birmingham (Handsworth) at the heart of a Caribbean family—Barbadian and Jamaican—calls the area “the Jamaican capital of Europe.” Zephaniah says “I love the ‘rawness’ of these photos, they have a sense of place, yet nothing is staged, and the only information Pogus gives us about those featured is how they define themselves, nothing more. We need no more. So people, it is down to us to piece together the rest of this multicultural puzzle.” A remarkable body of work.

    For more information, see and

    For more information on Benjamin Zephaniah, see

  3. You can buy Pogus Caesar's new book in the UK I think!