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Social Documentary Photography

What is Social Documentary Photography?

Merlinus Magic

on 11 July 2011

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Social Documentary Photography This prezi aims to answer the question "What is Social Documentary Photography?" According to Wikipedia: Socially critical genre of photography dedicated to showing the lives of underprivileged or
disadvantaged people or social groups. Themes: Elderly
Mental Health
Physical Disability
Natural Disaster
Asylum Equipment & Setup Most documentary photography requires the ability to take photos quickly. Quality often compromised in place of shooting the subject before it changes.

A camera and at most, a flash if required is usually sufficiant. Even employing the use of a tripod could loose the moment before ready to shoot the scene. Accepted in Art Galleries since the 1970's as 'Art'. Pros and Cons Interesting Subjects
Storys Behind each Image
Low Equipment Cost
No Model Fees
Large Demand
Lots of Existing Examples Sometimes Dangerous
Travel Expenses
Emotionally Challanging
Capitalising on Misfortune
No Control over Subject Social Documentary Photographers John Ranard First recognized the potential HIV epidemic in Russia in 1995 when he photographed Moscow university students home-cook and then inject their own chemistry. At the time there were less than 1,000 people registered with HIV inside Russia. Today 85% of new infections are drug related. This is the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world according to UN-AIDS.

His photographic essays on this subject emphasize and encourage humane solutions to help stem the problem. "Inside a High-Risk Community" won First Place - Issue Reporting Photo Story by the University of Missouri School of Journalism 55th Pictures of Year award after being published in the New York Times Week in Review, November 1997. http://socialdocumentary.net Paula Allen Paula Allen is a social documentary photographer. She began her career, 30 years ago, photographing nonviolent revolutions such as the European nuclear disarmament movement, focusing on Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in England and the Solidarity movement in Poland. She has also photographed in the war zones of Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Angola and Afghanistan. Her work has been published in numerous magazines: The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Paris Match, The London Independent Magazine, Art in America, O:The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Photo District News, and London Sunday Times Magazine among others. Ranard Ranard Allen Allen The End.
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