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From political, to humanist and aesthetic, documentary photography is motivated by a wide variety of emotions and desires. It is no longer a unified force meant only to ignite social change or reveal flaws in society, but rather, it is a tool that allows one to take a look at a community from within, and also have the breathing space to step back and reflect on what is seen. The inspiration and artistry that drives these photographers could be as mundane as a backwater village or as blood pumping as a street riot. Be it for reform, to inform, or simply to follow a personal desire, documentary photography allows the viewer to explore the essential, intrinsic form of an experience through a series of images.


The resulting narrative is at once both arresting for its visual stimulation, as well as its inevitable underlying role as a recorder of history itself. What needs to be changed is our exposure to it and our recognition that it is a form of education as well as a voice for change. Rather than treating such images as sensational, we can realize the intrinsic value they present; they provide us with an opportunity to empathize with our fellow men and use what limited capacity we have to make a difference—even if that difference is only to be less ignorant of the world and the people around us.


Snapixel Magazine I The New Documentar ian I 11


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