30 Engaging Documentary Photos

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Documentary photography is when a photographer attempts to produce truthful, objective, and usually candid photography of a particular subject. We’ve compiled a selection of of 30 photos that greatly exemplifies that definition.


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A Glimpse of My World by Dennis Bautista

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Martha, she ever wants a baby by Groucho

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Life in the trash by Jose Ferreira

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Reborn by Mehdi Eskandari

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3 Look by Zemberek

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Fragile Beginning by Wings Photography

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She’s gone by Mirjam Delrue

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Coexistence by Doron Nissim

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Life on the countryside by Oochappan

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The Arresting of a Smile by Catalin Parau

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Cinema by Denis Buchel

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Alone on a dance floor by Nikola Smernic

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By Off To War by Steve Hill

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Veggy by Tom Hoops

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F*** You by Dian Agung Nugroho

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The intruder by Laurence Garçon

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Friends by Hippolyte

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Waiting by Peter Holmström

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The man and the bird by Jean-Paul Boulinguet

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Futbolin by Manuel Vilches

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Close Encounter of The Third Kind. by Al Sheihk

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The imaginary groom by Matteo Mignani

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Runaway Girls by Gunnisal

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Ballet on Canal by Steve Hill

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One Day in Victoria Park by FRS Photography

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Private Conversation by Richard Ford

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Urban Love by Aart de Boer

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Kiae by Marcel Rebro

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Dark Future by Dennis Bautista

7 Comments

  1. Powerful! It’s rare to see such thought provoking photography today. I was recently commenting that I grew up with LIFE magazine and its ability to tell stories through photo essays. Thank you for showcasing this collection, is it possible for links to editorial?

  2. I’m so honored to be included in this photo series. Steve Hill is an amazing photographer and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. The ballet dancers in his photo Ballet on Canal are members of the unconventional contemporary ballet company New Bridges Ballet. You can see them performing all over New York City, just like in the photograph. Check them out at http://www.newbridgesballet.com

    Claire Sargenti
    Artistic Director, New Bridges Ballet

    New Concepts. Bridging the Arts.

  3. I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade but I stumbled on this page after googling the picture F*** You by Dian Agung Nugroho and honestly I have doubts of its authenticity since the little girl’s arm is distinctly different from the rest of her body or the picture, very suggestive of crude photoshop use.
    I’m not too sure about the other so called photographs here too since if you take for example The Imaginary Groom by Matteo Mignani, you can see that the shadow is quite frankly something only achievable by photoshop alone so it kind of casts a shadow (no pun intended) of doubt on the credibility of the other real photographs featured here together.

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