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Documentary photography

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Over the past one-hundred and fifty years, groups of photographers have formed collectives to promote their work and, at times, to advocate on behalf of certain social causes. The photographers that comprise the Documentography group work to achieve both goals and have developed this site to showcase some of their own work, along with the works of other independent photo-journalists. From the main...
Lewis Hine Collection

Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1874, Lewis Hine studied at the University of Chicago and went on to teach at the Ethical Culture School in New York City. While in New York Hine took up photography and documented school activities and immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. He also became interested in taking photographs that would document child labor, and his photographs were published in the social...

The principal aim of MediaStorm is "to usher in the next generation of multimedia storytelling by publishing social documentary projects incorporating photojournalism, interactivity, animation, audio and video for distribution across multiple media." Many people have taken notice of their fine work thus far, as they have garnered several Emmys and a couple of Webby Awards in recent years. On their...
Phillip Buehler: Modern Ruins

Created and maintained by photographer Phillip Buehler, this site showcases photos he has taken at various "modern ruins," decaying buildings or sites that still perhaps echo human presence. While there are twenty collections of photos on the site, only the first six are presented as thumbnail indexes with brief introductions and captions. The remaining sections are available as small images with...
The LIFE Picture Collection

Although this is a commercial site with pictures and images for sale, users can nonetheless view and appreciate one of "the most extraordinary collections of pictures in the world" at The Picture Collection from Time, Inc. An initial free registration is required, and after that users need only log on to gain access to over 22 million images, including illustrations, prints, and photographs....
The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is based in Portland, Maine and their mission is "to educate and promote documentary storytellers." The Institute was started in 1973 when a high school English teacher named Pamela Wood founded the organization in Kennebunk. Since then, over 700 students from all over the country and the world have attended Salt. First-time visitors should click on the...
UNESCO Publications: Photobank

UNESCO offers this database of over 10,000 images, dating back to 1946, depicting subjects related to UNESCO's activities: education, food relief, and preserving culture. The search interface provides boxes for users to enter subject and keyword terms as free text, while region, country, place, theme, year or photographer can be selected from pull down menus. Combining years with other terms...