The Best Documentary Photography Portfolio Examples of 2024

We’ve compiled a ‘Best Of’ page to share some of our favourite documentary photography websites. Take a scroll through.

February 8, 2022

As documentary photography is becoming one of the most important ways to share humanity with the rest of the world, why not consider building yourself an online portfolio website? Using Format’s new templates, you can have your own documentary photography portfolio up and running in no time. Here are some of the best documentary photographers on Format.

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James Barkman

Theme used: Horizon Left

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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Giovanni Capriotti

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Giovanni Capriotti specializes in long-form post-documentary explorations that examine how time and the inevitability of compromise shape individuals, communities, history, culture, and the human condition. Through the integration of photography, moving images, audio, experiential prose, and personal testimonials, he strives to deepen his understanding of worldly affairs and the role of contemporary documentary practice.
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Amr Alfiky

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Amr Alfiky is an Egyptian award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. He studied medicine at Alexandria University in Egypt and assisted as a field medic during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Shortly afterwards he began photographing and in 2013 Amr co-founded one of the prominent visual arts studios - Janaklees for Visual Arts, in Egypt.
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Aaron Cohen

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As a native New Yorker Aaron had the privilege of being exposed to artist from all walks of life, from graffiti to Neoclassicism and everything in between. These interactions had a profound impact on him and led him, in his own right to become a multi disciplined artist. Aaron is an accomplished musician, sound designer, photographer, painter and programmer.
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Emile Holba

Theme used: Medium

Emile Holba is a portraiture and documentary photographer working with a range of clients from non-profit organizations through to commercial enterprise, and available for commissions worldwide. He has published two books – Generation Geilo: Portrait of a Community & We Teach Music, and a winner of British Journal of Photography 'Portrait of Britain' 2019 Winner.
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Raghav Goswamy

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Raghav Goswamy is a photographer based out of India. His work is largely based on personal experiences and is honest to how he feels and tries to understand the space around him and the emotions that come with it.
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Alex Colley

Theme used: Horizon Left

Alex is a photographer from the UK. The foundations of his work lies in personal narratives exploring his family and the past. His work is often research focused and linked to conceptual ideas from various critical thinkers and philosophers.
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Polly Rusyn

Theme used: Obscura

Polly Rusyn is a London-based freelance photographer, mainly shooting portraits and reportage. She is also a street photography teacher. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in Nat Geo Traveller magazine (2019). Polly was a finalist at Miami Street Photography Festival (2018) and PhoS Festival in Sofia (2019) and her work was featured as part of the launch campaign for the Sony WPA (2019).
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Tobias Nicolai

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Tobias Nicolai (b.1987) is a danish documentary photographer currently based in Aarhus, Denmark. He holds a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism and a BA in media studies from Aarhus University Apart from working on long term personal projects, he does commissioned reportage and portraits for a variety of clients.
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Mano Svanidze

Theme used: Offset

Mano Svanidze is a Georgian photographer currently based in Tbilisi. In 2009, she discovered her interest in photography. Mano is a member and co-founder of Georgian Photo Collective - 90’x Collective. Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide.
desktop browser window frameEbti Nabag desktop
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Ebti Nabag

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Ebti Nabag is a visual artist who works with photography, video, and installation. She is a digital and analog photography instructor. She teams up with galleries and community centers to develop art programs that provide opportunities for creative self-expression and aid in the development of identity. Her work is motivated by stories from the average human and hopes her documentations serve as bridges between people and communities.
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Marissa Leshnov

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Marissa Leshnov is a portrait and documentary photographer based in Oakland, California. Her images explore identity and belonging in the contexts of social, political, and cultural issues. She frequently contributes to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian.
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