Street and documentary photography captures a subject or situation in a candid moment. The theme of

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Street and documentary photography captures a subject or situation in a candid moment. The theme of the images can be broad. A portrait of a begging homeless child on a city street to a man walking his dog in an inner city park can remain under the umbrella of street and documentary photography as the photographer is capturing an honest reflection of that particular environment. The introduction of portable cameras has made it feasible for anyone with basic knowledge of how to use a camera to now go out and record what they see. However, what one chooses to photograph is still a reflection on them as well as well as the scenes they witness. Street and Documentary photography can send shockwaves throughout the world. Whether a…show more content…
Street photography is a branch of documentary photography, but instead demonstrates the photographer's vision of the world as opposed to an explicit social agenda. For example, documentary photography can record all works of life but the majority are often dedicated to showing the life of underprivileged or disadvantaged people to highlight the social injustice. Recording this genre of society goes back to the early 19th century. "Photographs Of The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868-77", was a documentation of the slum areas in Glasgow. Another example is "Street Life in London", published in 1877, which documented how the advanced stages of industrialization in the 19th century impacted on social life. In 1936 socially committed photographer, Bill Brandt, published the illustrated book "The English at Home", in which he portrayed the English class society and how the Great Depression had affected them. In the mid-1930s such invasive photography was rare and the unsettling social questions raised by Brandt's photographs were then rarely discussed. However, subsequently Brandt was commissioned by the Ministry of Information to photograph life in the London Underground bomb shelters during the Blitz. His uncompromising eye for detail made Brandt one of Britain's most influential and internationally admired photographers of the 20th century. Through

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