Documentary photography started life through the graininess of film cameras, such as Leicas in the 1850’s. A story was told through these photographs of very tough, hard hitting subjects, such as world wide events, war, famine, political unrest and other social issues. Robert Fenton photographer of American Civil War, Dorothea Lange photographer of the Great Depression (1930’s).
All the photos form a story board to the subject and go forward to present an accurate record of events that have occurred, providing us with documents used for historical purposes.
Documentary photography is synonymous with black and white photography however as the genre has grown over many years colour is more widely used.
One photo is worth a thousand words.