DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwitt
Documentary photography records and represents events, people, environments and objects in an honest and accurate approach. Documentary photography can be used to affect social change, it can bring people together and can contribute to a bigger social movement.
Traditionally documentary photography gave us access to places that would have been unknown, secluded or inaccessible.
After the mid-twentieth century, social documentary photography was introduced and used for more than reporting and bearing witness of world events. Photographers began to use the camera as a device to expose the unspoken aspects of society and aimed to inspire change.
In recent years, trends in documentary photography focus on the beauty of everyday life rather than sensationalising people and situations.
• Traditional documentary photography – straight forward, expressive, has a clear motive and maintains high technical quality
• Social documentary photography – shows a viewpoint or perspective of how the human condition endures in this day and age.
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