Most Influential Documentary Photography Stories

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Documentary photography shows us exactly what our world looks like at any given moment in time. Whether the pictures are bleak, playful, angering or astounding, they all serve a historically significant purpose.

We look at the change we can bring upon the individual or a community through the pictures. The Pictures are not a mere proof of their lives and struggles, it reflects the intensity at which the affected looks ahead, amidst all the forces pulling them down.

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Koodankulam: Nuclear Plant in My Backyard by Amirtharaj Stephen

Amirtharaj Stephen, a local boy of this Nuclear Plant town, researches and shows his witnesses through photographs. The brave act made by a group of villagers against the governments decision over the project is more than evident in these strong images.

Koodankulam: Nuclear Plant in My Backyard by Amritharaj Stephen
© Amritharaj Stephen

 

The last baths of Cairo by Pascal Meunier

Some good decades ago, the steam baths in Cairo had been more than a sensation among locals as well as tourists. In this photo documentary Pascal Meunier tells more on this dying general indifference.

The last baths of Cairo by Pascal Meunier
© Pascal Meunier

 

The Story of Nothing – Hunger crisis in Yemen by Juan Herrero

Famine in Yemen. 267,000 children are already in the brink of death due to malnutrition. They do not have anything to eat, they sleep during the day, girls are being married and sent to other houses at an early age.  Juan Herrero tells more on this sad story through his photographs.

The Story of Nothing Hunger crisis in Yemen by Juan Herrero
© Juan Herrero

 

Beyond the Dark by Jesse Neider

An Interesting documentary exploring the lives of three people, two who are blind and the normal new born. This story tells us more about the parents struggle to raise their daughter in the most normal and independent manner possible. The necessity for the child to have a real childhood becomes our vision too.

Beyond the Dark by Jesse Neider
© Jesse Neider

 

Jadugoda – The Nuclear Graveyard by Chinky Shukla

What happens to the people in an area which is rich in uranium-a powerful nuclear product. The ill effects it has on the child bearing mothers and the serious disorders it has caused on a huge number of children.  Chinky Shukla has bravely exposed the role of UCIL the company responsible for these events through some heart touching photographs.

Jadugoda - The Nuclear Graveyard by Chinky Shukla
© Chinky Shukla

 

Sacrifactions by Jean-Michel Clajot

People, their lives, numerous customs and in-numerous sacrifices they do in the name religion. Jean-Michel Clajot has recorded these violent scarification in the areas of Africa.

Sacrifactions by Jean-Michel Clajot
© Jean-Michel Clajot

 

White Gold – Effects of Cotton Production by Uwe H. Martin

Story on the lives of cotton farmers in Vidarbha in the central province of India. More than 150,000 lives has been lost till date and the statistics shows more sadness saying the toll on suicide keeps increasing. Uwe H.Martin shows this sadness through these raw pictures.

White Gold - Effects of Cotton Production by Uwe H. Martin
© Uwe H. Martin

 

As long as sun shines by Ian Willms

Documenting the ill effects due to world’s largest and most environmentally destructive oil extraction project – Canada’s Oil Sands. Ian Williams had shown this affect on living things in this area through his photographs. A touching documentary about the lives of people who are almost in the fringe of it.

As long as sun shines by Ian Willms
© Ian Willms

 

Somalias Child Soldiers by Ed Ou

One of the hardest stories to believe, brutal reality in the African province of Somalia. Young children are seen with massive war weapons. Ed Ou a documentary photographer had convincingly captured these photographs.

Somalias Child Soldiers by Ed Ou
© Ed Ou

 

1200 Miles life and death on the Thai Burma Border by Jack Picone

Story on the displaced Burmese citizens living on the borders of Thai/Burma border. The struggles they undergo to lead a hard life, their journey through several miles of jungles and uncertain catastrophes to reach Thailand. Jack Picone has brilliantly documented the survival of these innocent Burmese citizens.

1200 Miles life and death on the Thai Burma Border by Jack Picone
© Jack Picone

 

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