Documentary photography, some thoughts.This is an old news article/guide/ramble I wrote back in the day for NewsStand. Sadly NewsStand is going to be shut down, so I thought this deserved a repost as it's still valid!Documentary photography, some thoughts. by MartinLundsvoll
Now, what is Documentary photography?
Essentially documentary photography is related to the role of press photographer, but it usually involves more in depth planning, researching and developing a story over a long period of time, rather than going out on quick assignments from wire services and newspaper editors as a regular press photographer would do. And whilst the press photographer use a single frame to tell his story a documentary photographer might use several pictures in a series to present his story.
Documentary photographers are nearly always freelancers, and their employers varies between newspapers, magazines or a book publisher. Or they might exhibit their work in a gallery. Their role is to tell a story trough pictures, whether these are photographs from a war zone, a study of o