Documentary Photography

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James Barkman

“James Barkman is a photographer who draws much of his inspiration from the mountains and the sea. No stranger to the open road, his work, travels, and expeditions have taken him from the Arctic Circle to Afghanistan. His passion for honest storytelling and drive for genuine adventure has led him to work with a diverse and unique range of clients. A climber, motorcycle enthusiast, and writer, James is based on the Central Coast of California. ”

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Sandra Mickiewicz

“Sandra Mickiewicz is a Polish documentary photographer who lives and works in London. In 2007, her family immigrated to the United Kingdom, where she started to develop her skills in painting and drawing. She discovered photography at the age of 15. Since that time, Sandra has used her camera as a tool to communicate with the world. She is drawn into very ordinary and conventional moments in our everyday life, which she documents by exploring portraiture and landscape photography.”

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Ines Gonsalves

“Inês Gonçalves is a photographer and traveler focused on documentary photography projects, film and editorial work. From 2005, she conceived several documentary projects centered on the themes of migration and cultural identity, and, in this context, traveled for several months through India, Angola and Mozambique. ”

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Nelly Ating

“Nelly Ating is a visual researcher whose body of work focuses primarily on deconstructing trauma in conflict and migration. She reimagines hardcore stories from a point that affectionately positions vulnerability as a powerful entity. Her work has been published on CNN, Premium Times, Vanguard, Thisday. She is a member of the Women Photograph, Girl Gaze, Black Women Photographers, and African Database for Photojournalist run by the World Press Photo.”

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Ryan Bolton

“ Ryan Bolton is an award-winning, Toronto-based photographer who likes to break the rules. And make his mom proud. With a deep passion for telling stories, his work has taken him around the world working with renowned clients like Apple, Red Bull, Spotify, Uber, Intrepid Travel, Lexus, Universal Music, WE Charity, the JUNO Awards and the Red Cross. His work has been published in VICE, the Toronto Star, Fortune magazine, Applied Arts and Billboard.”

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“Adaeze Ihebom is an Afro Italian Artist based in London. She holds a degree from Ravensbourne University in Digital Photography and currently doing her Masters in Photography Arts at the University of Wesminster to enrich her photography.”

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Sina Yaghoobpoor

“Sina Yaghoobpoor is a photojournalist and a visual storyteller based in Iran. He began his journey as a photographer at the age of 21, when he was a mechanical engineering student at the university, capturing political and social events in his homeland. So far, his journey has led him through the landscapes and communities of Georgia, Turkey, and Iraq. Sina likes to tell stories from Iranian society or the Middle East whose audience is all over the world.”

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David Dosunmu

“David Dosunmu is a documentary photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. His work confronts various issues that impact the daily lives of Nigerians such as Identity, gender, culture, and belief systems. He believes every photograph is witness to a moment, a life, a reality — that a photograph is an opportunity to document and preserve what would otherwise be lost or unknown. He is currently the Official Photographer to the Executive Governor of Imo State, Nigeria.”

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Darren O'Brien

“Darren is a Photographer and Artist currently based in Sheffield, UK. He graduated with a degree in Environmental Science before picking up a camera in 2008. His work has been featured in Newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad. He devotes time to personal projects and is the author of 3 zines and one book. In 2019 he obtained his MA photography from Falmouth Univeristy. ”

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shelby swann

“Shelby Swann is a DC based photographer from Baltimore, Maryland. Her work explores the beauty and  complex symbolism of Black culture. Swann's upbringing influences the basis of her work - a ​street aesthetic highlighting Black environments and city life.​ Through photography her work aims to  amplify community voices and empower the individual lives of our contemporary world.   ”

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Updated on September 14, 2020 | 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 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 template. Don’t worry—if you change your mind later, you can easily switch templates.
  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 template 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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