If you are interested in recording people in their personal environments and places, invest your time in them. Spend time talking to them, hanging out, include them in your project plans and show them your pictures if you have any. You will gain their trust and they will reveal more of themselves to you as they really are.
Please check the below stories, a fine example of above statement. These photographers are captured their souls not photos. You have any photography story with you? Please share with us, we will feature your work in this blog. Thanks in advance.
Please check our previous documentary related articles here:
- 15 Heart Touching Documentary Photo Stories
- Websites of Documentary Photographers and Photo Journalists
- Documentary Photographers – A List of Portfolio Websites
- Inspiring Portfolio Websites of Documentary Photographers
- Documentary Photography – A Story In Every Frame
- Heart Touching Examples of Documentary Photography
Below we present 10 Soulful Documentary Photo Stories. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.
The Julie Project by Dancy Padilla
Story about an AIDS patient. Her name is Julie. Dancy Padilla captured Julie’s life from 1993 to Prepare for the end of Life. This particular story is really touch my soul.
Dijbouti by Marcus Bleasdale
This story about children how suffering for food and households in urban areas like Dijbouti City, Sankal, Assamo, and Beyadde). Captured by Marcus Bleasdale.
The Lonely Mother by Altaf Qadri
This story is about Mughil, a Kashmiri Woman. Her only son Nazir Ahmad Teli, a teacher by profession, had left for school in 1991. She never saw him again. Enforced disappearance is one of the most harrowing consequences of the armed conflict in Kashmir. Captured by Altaf Qadri.
Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue by Eugene Richards
This is ia compelling story of three communities blighted by drugs and isolation. Eugene Richards captured this story in East New York, North Philadelphia, and the Red Hook housing projects in Brookly, New York. Open the website and click on the galleries, you can find this gallery in Eugene’s website.
The Eyes of war by Martin Roemers
Martin Roemers captures Portraits of World war Conflicts. This story about, In World War II many thousands of people lost their sight as a result of the conflict.
Addicts by Alfonso Moral
Story about Afghanistan Drug Addicts by Alfonso Moral. There are no hard statistics on the number of heroin addicts in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, what is known is that since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 that number has grown to dizzying heights. Click on the Photo Reports > Addicts in Alfonso’s website.
Bosina Echoes and Memories by Andy Spyra
Story about Echoes and Memories in Bosina. Captured by Andy Spyra.
Ou Menya by Bieke Depoorter
“I I am looking for a place to spend the night. Do you know people who would have a bed, or a couch? I don’t need anything in particular, and I have a sleeping-bag. I prefer not to stay in a hotel, because I don’t have a lot of money and because I want to see the way people live in Russia. Could I stay at your place, perhaps? Thank you very much for your help!”
Alone I am by Bharat Choudhary
Capture by Bharat Choudhary. Alone I Am is a never-ending journey; to travel with a concealed self of being lonely. The essay intends to reveal the omnipresent emotion of loneliness, which visits every human soul at some time in every culture, every race, every class and every age. Click on the Portfolio and Alone I am in Bharat’s website.
Mira by Bevis Fusha
This story about a family nearby Albania, Tirana captured by Bevis Fusha The family of Xhemal Balliu lives in a small barn in the Brrete village, which is 50 km north of the capital of Albania, Tirana. Five adult members of this family are mentally ill. Due to this medical condition, the inability to provide food and the level of poverty, Lindita Balliu’s 4 young children have died. Three year old Mira is the only child of the family.
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Those pictures are compelling ….
PS dnt try this at home 🙂
So much emotions brilliance overall!!
Thanks for these stories, 121clicks! I personally like Altaf Qadri’s essay very touching. I’m an upcoming photographer and would like to see more of such inspiration. BTW, I’d also recommend anyone reading this post to also go through Galli Magazine (http://www.galli.in). It’s a wonderful site for stories from India.