Documentary Photography Photojournalism

Documentary  photography photojournalism usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle significant and historical events.

It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real life reportage, but it may also be an  artistic, or academic pursuit. 

The photographer attempts to produce truthful, objective, and usually candid photography of a particular subject, most often pictures of people.

Photojournalism vs Documentary Photography

As photojournalists, we adhere to generally accepted ethical practices such as those proposed by organizations like the National Press Photographers Association.

We generally strive to create documentary photos instead of posed photos, because of the innate power of the candid, unguarded moment in depicting genuine news events. 

The challenge for that type of photographer is to make pictures of sensitive scenes and moments without changing them by the presence of a camera.

But Sometimes We Need to Pose People for an Accurate Record

If the aim is simply to document something – costume for instance – then sometimes posing people is the best way to make the required clear documentary picture. 

The resulting pictures – the subjects facing the camera and seen from “top to toe” – are a vivid historical documentary photography archive, and have established the posed “straight up” as a valid style of documentary picture-making.

At Effective Marketing and Design Solutions we excel in both of these types of photography. 

Great images are very important for all publications. They invite people to read and communicate in ways words alone cannot.