How to Look at a Photograph

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Nursery, orphan infants, Manzanar Relocation Center, California. Photograph by Ansel Adams,1943. Library of Congress LC-DIG-ppprs-00355



Documentary Photo

Documentary photographs are similar in many ways to news photographs. They show us the world around us. But the people and events in them are not usually part of the daily news. Documentary photographers take pictures of

things that interest them, things that they care about, and often, things they believe should be changed. You might see documentary photographs of lions in Africa. You might also see documentary photographs of schools that need to be cleaned up or children who don't have enough to eat.

Like news photographs, documentary photographs often have good captions, with information about where, when and what.


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