The 10 Best Documentary Photography Portfolio Examples of 2021

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

October 6, 2021

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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Alex Colley

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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

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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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Victor Moriyama

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Victor Moriyama is a Brazilian photojournalist based in São Paulo covering South America and the Amazon rainforest for international press and NGOS. His works are based on a humanist photograph committed to documenting the processes of violence that prevail in social and environmental relations in Brazil. He's a frequent contributor to the New York Times.
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Franco Fafasuli

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Franco Fafasuli is a staff photojournalist at, Getty Images Contributor, and occasionally collaborated for Thomson Reuters and AFP. Franco Fafasuli has images posted in international media like The Guardian, El Pais, Bloomberg, O Globo, Marca, among others. Since 2018 has been documenting social, political and economic conflicts that take place in Argentina and other nearby countries like Ecuador, sports, concerts, gastronomy, etc.
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Gregory Bojorquez

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Gregory Bojorquez was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He started photographing in his teens, and set about documenting the subjects and stories that interested him personally. The intimate images he captured in East L.A. were not the product of structured photo sessions or assignments; They were shot from the perspective of a young man hanging out with friends and neighbors.
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Mano Svanidze

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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.
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Debbie Naylor

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Debbie Naylor is a documentary photographer and lecturer with over twenty years of experience in practicing, sharing, and developing design and photographic practice across both the creative industries and education sector. Sitting within the editorial and documentary genre, Naylor's practice explores concepts of identity and mental health as well as hegemony within a current contemporary landscape. Recently completed a MA in Documentary Photography at the University of Westminster, London
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Nicole Croce

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Nicole specializes in storytelling portraiture. She photographs families, couples and events in a photojournalistic style. She wants to document the little everyday moments as well as the big milestones. She records the unexpected, genuine and endearing moments for you to look back on for a lifetime.
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Ilán Sánchez

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Ilán Sánchez was born in San Diego and raised in Oaxaca, where he currently resides. With a fine eye for light and color, he creates captivating imagery that navigates a blurry line between painting and photography, his work revolves around the genres of still life, landscape, documentary, travel, and street photography.
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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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