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Documentary Photography
Supervisor:
Dr. Nada Amiralaei
Presented By:
Forough Khabiri
David Gillanders
Street children in Odessa ,
• Street or documentary photography
has great precedent as a research tool
and an instrument of social reform.
• Photographic images can be powerful
devices when they tell a story.
• The photographer must be aware of
their subject and compose it well.
• Documentary Photography refers to the
area of photography in which pictures
are used as historical documents.
• It is often used to
incite political and
social change
children at theatre by Alfred eisenstaedt
• Lewis Hine and James Van Der Zee are two of the
pioneers of documentary photography.
• It seems documentary and artistic photography are
considered to be at opposite ends of the spectrum.
In simple terms, this school of photography uses
pictures as documented evidence of a particular
situation.
photographing of life requires imagination, not gadget.
you don’t have to carry an entire studio with you ever
time you go out. the small camera, such as the 35 mm,
opened wide the possibilities of documentary
photography
What does a documentary photographer need?
Some of the best
documentary photographers
Jacob Riis
(May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914)
Jacob Riis worked extensively photographing New
York’s immigrant impoverished population with
his association with the Child Labor Committee
His work, along with Lewis Hine, became part of
the early documentation of a growing awareness of
a movement toward social activism.
Jacob Riis’s
photographs
How the other half lives
In 1800s, he began to describe the
substandard living conditions of the poor
immigrants to the wealthier segments of
society.
This photo depicts a group of people living in a
crowded one-room tenement in New York.
Riis expressed the tragedy of the urban poor
Riis photograph shows men sleeping on the floor of a
New York homeless shelter.
Riis's work raised awareness about the
millions of people living in poor slums
throughout the United States.
His writings led to growing concern for
the poor among the general public and
policy makers.
In the 1890s, Jacob Riis exposed upper and middle
classes to the plight of people living in tenements.
In his famous photograph ,Riis argued that the alley, like the
tenement, was a breeding ground for disorder and criminal
behavior.
Mulberry Street , was the most crime-ridden ,dangerous part of all New York Cit
In result of Riis’s works, Theodore Roosevelt,
who as President of the United States urged the
passing of labor protection acts and other
legislation to protect poor laborers, recognized
Riis as a catalyst for welfare reform.
Lewis Hine
(Sep 26, 1874 – Nov 3, 1940)
Lewis Hine took many of his most famous photographs
while working for social reform agencies, such as New
York’s Charity Organization Society and the National
Child Labor Committee.
Lewis Hine’s
photographs
Let Children be Children
In Lewis Hine’s work, It is a powerful
look at the often harsh conditions people
lived in the early 1900’s.
His subjects were often child laborers,
workers and immigrants.
His work was very influential in bringing
about social changes, particularly in child
labor laws.
Hine worked for the National Child Labor Committee during
the decade 1910.
He was often forbidden entry into factories and devised ways of
circumventing employer obstacles to media access.
Cotton Mill Worker
Baseball team composed mostly of child laborers from a glassmaking
factory. Indiana, August 1908.by Lewis Hine
He also documented the building of the
Empire State Building, creating stunning
images of the workers walking high over
New York with very few safety measures.
Hine had great difficulty earning enough
money from his photography. In January 1940,
he lost his home after failing to keep up
repayments to the Home Owners Loan
Corporation. Finally Hine died in extreme
poverty eleven months later
on 3rd November, 1940
After Riss and Hine
In 1935-1937 photographers working for the federal
government set out to create a pictorial record of the
impact of the Great Depression focusing primarily on
rural Americans
The Images not only record the conditions of
poverty, but also celebrate the persistence of the
humans
Henri Cartier-Bresson
(1908-2004)
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French
photographer considered to be the father of
modern photojournalism.
Henri Cartier-Bresson’s
photographs
Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika,
taken on a beach in Liberia.
Cartier-Bresson was a painter turned photographer. He became
inspired by a 1930 photograph by Hungarian photojournalist
Munkacsi showing three naked young African boys, this
captured the freedom, grace and spontaneity of their movement
and their joy at being alive
This photograph is perhaps
Cartier-Bresson's best known
image.
Gare St. Lazare has been portrayed by many artists (Monet,
Manet , and others) but Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1932 take on the
station was totally different.
This photo is not a photo noted for its historicity, but it is a
photo that represented the entire life’s works of Cartier-Bresson.
Behind the Gare St
The Berlin Wall, 1963
Cartier-Bresson almost exclusively used Leica 35 mm rangefinder
cameras equipped with normal 50 mm lenses or occasionally a
wide-angle for landscapes
Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948
This well known Cartier-Bresson photograph of Muslim
women was taken on the slopes of Hari Parbat Hill as they
pray facing the Hazratbal Shrine.
Some of his photographs
He put down his Leica professionally in 1975
after a 45-year career behind the camera.
"I never think about photography"
Documentary photography is
a way many people find the
truth.
This genre of photography is
used to record important
moments of time, and is
meant to be shared.
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documentary-photographySome of the best documentary photographers.pptx

  • 1. Documentary Photography Supervisor: Dr. Nada Amiralaei Presented By: Forough Khabiri David Gillanders Street children in Odessa ,
  • 2. • Street or documentary photography has great precedent as a research tool and an instrument of social reform. • Photographic images can be powerful devices when they tell a story. • The photographer must be aware of their subject and compose it well.
  • 3. • Documentary Photography refers to the area of photography in which pictures are used as historical documents. • It is often used to incite political and social change children at theatre by Alfred eisenstaedt
  • 4. • Lewis Hine and James Van Der Zee are two of the pioneers of documentary photography. • It seems documentary and artistic photography are considered to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. In simple terms, this school of photography uses pictures as documented evidence of a particular situation.
  • 5. photographing of life requires imagination, not gadget. you don’t have to carry an entire studio with you ever time you go out. the small camera, such as the 35 mm, opened wide the possibilities of documentary photography What does a documentary photographer need?
  • 6. Some of the best documentary photographers
  • 7. Jacob Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914)
  • 8. Jacob Riis worked extensively photographing New York’s immigrant impoverished population with his association with the Child Labor Committee His work, along with Lewis Hine, became part of the early documentation of a growing awareness of a movement toward social activism.
  • 10. In 1800s, he began to describe the substandard living conditions of the poor immigrants to the wealthier segments of society.
  • 11. This photo depicts a group of people living in a crowded one-room tenement in New York. Riis expressed the tragedy of the urban poor
  • 12.
  • 13. Riis photograph shows men sleeping on the floor of a New York homeless shelter.
  • 14. Riis's work raised awareness about the millions of people living in poor slums throughout the United States. His writings led to growing concern for the poor among the general public and policy makers.
  • 15. In the 1890s, Jacob Riis exposed upper and middle classes to the plight of people living in tenements.
  • 16. In his famous photograph ,Riis argued that the alley, like the tenement, was a breeding ground for disorder and criminal behavior. Mulberry Street , was the most crime-ridden ,dangerous part of all New York Cit
  • 17. In result of Riis’s works, Theodore Roosevelt, who as President of the United States urged the passing of labor protection acts and other legislation to protect poor laborers, recognized Riis as a catalyst for welfare reform.
  • 18. Lewis Hine (Sep 26, 1874 – Nov 3, 1940)
  • 19. Lewis Hine took many of his most famous photographs while working for social reform agencies, such as New York’s Charity Organization Society and the National Child Labor Committee.
  • 21. In Lewis Hine’s work, It is a powerful look at the often harsh conditions people lived in the early 1900’s. His subjects were often child laborers, workers and immigrants. His work was very influential in bringing about social changes, particularly in child labor laws.
  • 22. Hine worked for the National Child Labor Committee during the decade 1910. He was often forbidden entry into factories and devised ways of circumventing employer obstacles to media access.
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26. Baseball team composed mostly of child laborers from a glassmaking factory. Indiana, August 1908.by Lewis Hine
  • 27. He also documented the building of the Empire State Building, creating stunning images of the workers walking high over New York with very few safety measures.
  • 28.
  • 29. Hine had great difficulty earning enough money from his photography. In January 1940, he lost his home after failing to keep up repayments to the Home Owners Loan Corporation. Finally Hine died in extreme poverty eleven months later on 3rd November, 1940
  • 30. After Riss and Hine In 1935-1937 photographers working for the federal government set out to create a pictorial record of the impact of the Great Depression focusing primarily on rural Americans The Images not only record the conditions of poverty, but also celebrate the persistence of the humans
  • 32. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism.
  • 34. Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika, taken on a beach in Liberia. Cartier-Bresson was a painter turned photographer. He became inspired by a 1930 photograph by Hungarian photojournalist Munkacsi showing three naked young African boys, this captured the freedom, grace and spontaneity of their movement and their joy at being alive
  • 35. This photograph is perhaps Cartier-Bresson's best known image. Gare St. Lazare has been portrayed by many artists (Monet, Manet , and others) but Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1932 take on the station was totally different. This photo is not a photo noted for its historicity, but it is a photo that represented the entire life’s works of Cartier-Bresson. Behind the Gare St
  • 36. The Berlin Wall, 1963 Cartier-Bresson almost exclusively used Leica 35 mm rangefinder cameras equipped with normal 50 mm lenses or occasionally a wide-angle for landscapes
  • 37. Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948 This well known Cartier-Bresson photograph of Muslim women was taken on the slopes of Hari Parbat Hill as they pray facing the Hazratbal Shrine.
  • 38. Some of his photographs
  • 39.
  • 40.
  • 41. He put down his Leica professionally in 1975 after a 45-year career behind the camera. "I never think about photography"
  • 42. Documentary photography is a way many people find the truth. This genre of photography is used to record important moments of time, and is meant to be shared.