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29. Documentary Photography

29. Documentary Photography

“It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.” -James Lalropui Keivom

James Keivom is a freelance photojournalist out of Boulder Colorado. I could have picked a more famous photographer, but then I would have lost something in the telling of this segment of the story. James discovered, early on, the aspect of storytelling that if lost makes all the other stuff we’ve been through over the last few days irrelevant. Telling stories is a passion, and the sooner you accept that, the better your stories will be.

On what he’s learned about photojournalism he said,

I learned that I must follow the Japanese saying ‘Fall seven times, stand up eight.’ Photography is a continual process of discovery: we can always learn something. I remember what Stephan Savoia of the Associated Press said during a workshop as he showed us his old portfolio. ‘If I made it this far(with his old portfolio), I wonder how much further you guys will?’ he asked.

Since we are supposed to be talking about documentary photography, let me point you towards Photobus. Not only will it give you a good look at how you can use photography to empower your stories, it will also introduce you to the theory and practice of “digital storytelling,” a combination of video, audio and pictures used to tell a tale.

I like this video, it’s not on digital storytelling or on Mr. Keivom, instead it’s a documentary that explores one photographers experience with telling stories through photography. Notice the way that the clip is framed and pay attention to the use of B-roll. I hope by now you’re seeing the story can run a lot deeper than what you see on the surface.

By the way, have you found that video yet? For now, you can leave a link in the comments.

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