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Documentary Photography-A Personal interpretation Documentary Photography takes on many styles and forms In this Journal I am going to look at several different photographers and their style of work including Jacob August Riis who was a police reporter for a New York newspaper and the father of socialistic documentary photography whose pictures of New York slums led to changes in US legislation Dorthea Lange who is best known for her photography on the Farm Security Administration which documented American people after the Wall Street Crash and is respected for her series of images of the migrant mother taken in 1936 Henri Cartier-Bresson who is probably the most well known documentary photographer of the 20th Century and was one of the four photographers who started Magnum the worlds most famous agency Which despite the profile of Reuters is still held in high esteem and as a role model and influence to journalistic and documentary photographers of this millennium Roberta Capa who was also a founder member of Magnum with his imaginative use of photo-journalism during the second world war which was used extensively for propaganda by the USA What is Documentary Photography Documentary Photography should really be called art photography while many painters would challenge this statement one must question why do so many painters rely upon photographs as a source for the imagery they create after all photography means painting with light All the famous photographers use frames for their composition light and shadow prospective Just as an artist would the film is just another form of canvas to paint and portray the image One of the main uses of documentary photography has been to promote social change through visual images and because of this it must surely be regarded as one of the most effective forms of visual communication and that particularly Social documentary photography is suited to promotion of social
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