Documentary Photography

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Max Hirshfeld

“Max Hirshfeld is recognized as a master at spotting decisive moments while revealing the warmth and humanity of his subjects. He was born in North Carolina in 1951 and grew up in Decatur, Alabama. After moving to Washington, DC, he studied photography at George Washington University, graduating in 1973. His work has been shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kreeger Museum, and is represented by leading galleries in Washington and Boston. ”

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Alex Colombino

“Alex is a documentary/street photographer based in Los Angeles. He is a creatively motivated professional who thrives in documentary photography, storytelling, and cultural analytics. He has been trained in film theory as well as digital production in both narrative and documentary styles, and has a great affinity for writing. Alex attempts to study societal/cultural anomalies and patters through a photographic lens.”

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Lucia Hernandez

“Photographer & Filmmaker from Colombia specialized in the specialty coffee and tea industry for the last 7 years. At the moment Lucia Hernandez working on a personal project on the empowerment of women in coffee and expects to make a book with the results. ”

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Riley Yuan

“Riley photographs daily life as simply and straightforwardly as he can. He first picked up photography in college, which was a lonely and misguided time for him. The camera became an outlet. After graduation, he taught high school English and humanities for three years before joining the Peace Corps in Indonesia. He is still focused on documenting daily life—his own and that of the people around him. ”

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Mattea McKinnon

“Mattea is a travel documentary and lifestyle photographer from the South Coast, U.K with a passion for meaningful storytelling. After graduating with a 1st in her Music degree back in 2013, she embarked on several world trips, solidifying her love for photography and travel. She is currently based in New Zealand and has recently had her work exhibited in both Germany and Israel. ”

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“Montreal-based documentary photographer Drowster is on a quest to eradicate prejudices via the power of beauty. He truly believes that by showing social issues in a positive way, impactful changes can be achieved. He is particularly interested by work-related subjects, isolated communities and giving a voice to the minorities. Aside from his documentary work across Asia and the Middle East, Drowster also creates compelling visual storytelling for brands in Canada, United States and Europe. ”

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“Wan Chee Michelle Chan is a visual storyteller. Her oeuvre explores human relationships and the myriad ways of creating narratives that obscure the often fragile boundaries between fact and fiction. She has had her work exhibited in major venues in Hong Kong as well as internationally, in places as diverse as Arles, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Siem Reap, Taipei, and Toronto. Her work has been featured in e.g. PhotoVogue Italia, National Geographic, Wild Dog in Paris, and SCMP Magazines.”

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Updated on August 13, 2019 | By Steph Davidson

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How to create a documentary photography portfolio website.

Attract clients with a documentary photography portfolio that highlights exactly who you are as a documentary photographer. Creating your own online documentary photography portfolio is easy and intuitive with a dedicated documentary photography portfolio website builder. Choose a website builder like Format that comes with proofing, blogging, SEO, social media tools, and an online store so you have everything you need to display your work brilliantly and grow your business. We’ve rounded up six simple tips to keep in mind when building your portfolio website.

  1. Sign up for a free trial with Format. No credit card required.
  2. Choose a documentary photography theme. Don’t worry—if you change your mind later, you can easily switch themes.
  3. Upload your documentary photography work. Create a gallery or custom page to display your work.
  4. Edit your site. Customize your site menu to include exactly what you want.
  5. Personalize your design. Make it yours and change options like the theme preset, fonts, and colors.
  6. Ready to go further? Set up your store, add SEO or social media integration, and more—whenever you want.

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