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Documentary Photography

"There is no precise definition or meaning of the term "documentary photography", since it is really an umbrella term for a variety of camerawork. However, in order to distinguish it from other forms of fine art photography, we can say that "documentary photography" is a type of sharp-focus photography that captures a moment of reality, in order to convey a meaningful message about what is happening in the world.

Unlike photojournalism - which concentrates on breaking news events - or "street photography" - which focuses entirely on an interesting moment of normal everyday life - "documentary photography" typically focuses on an ongoing issue (or story) which it relates through a series of photographs."

 ~Adapted from Documentary Photography (1860-present)


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