what documentary photography means

Document- means evidence traced to documentem a medieval term for an official  paper, evidence not to be questioned or a truthful account backed by authority.

documentary photography as a genre has invariably rested within this frame of authorities the most obvious of categories and is used precisely as evidence of what occurred so that its historical significance is employed further to invest its status as a truthful and objective account of what has happened.

documentary photography shows the camera at its most potent and radical its shows poverty, social and political injustice, war, crime, devaluation, disaster, and suffering are all difficult to photograph.

in terms of the twentieth century documentary photography has visualised history as a series of images where we experience human disasters.


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