"Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments both significant and relevant to history and historical events as well as everyday life".
Nothing creates more discussion amongst documentary photographers than the definition. This is because documentary photography covers a wide range of subjects.
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Whether you take individual documentary photographs (photojournalism, street or urban photography) or photographic essays (a group of images that hold together as a story) all documentary photography tells a story, with or without text. If this sounds like the type of photography you enjoy then this is the Group for you.
The Documentary Group was originally called Visual Journalism and comprised a group of professional photojournalists. About six years ago it nearly died and was reborn as the Documentary and Visual Journalism Group (DVJ). Four years ago we finally became the Documentary Group and we now have a membership of some 550 members – both in the UK and internationally.
As a Group our aim is twofold: to promote documentary photography and to provide a forum for our members. We do this in a variety of ways:
Our quarterly online publication.
Documentary Photographer of the Year
Our flagship competition open to all RPS members.
A Doc members competition for single images.
We keep connected as a group through the Doc micro-site on the RPS website, Facebook and Flikr, Twitter and Instagram.
We organise various workshops throughout the country, where there is interest.
Sub-groups helps us to bring together small groups of members who have a common interest to meet and discuss documentary photography.
We currently have the following sub-groups: Doc North,Doc South, Doc South East, Doc Central and Doc East Anglia.
Doc Thames Valley and Doc East Midlands are in the pipeline.