Documentary

Biography: Documentary photographer Erich Lessing

Biography: Documentary photographer Erich Lessing

Erich Lessing (born 1923, Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian photographer associated with Magnum Photos. During the Second World War, Lessing served in the British Army as an aviator and photographer. He returned to Vienna in 1947. He worked as a reporter and photographer for the Associated Press and was invited to join Magnum by David ‘Chim’ Seymour, one of the…
Biography: Documentary/People photographer Antanas Sutkus

Biography: Documentary/People photographer Antanas Sutkus

Antanas Sutkus was born in Kluoniškiai on 27 June 1939. Sutkus’s series People of Lithuania is considered one of his most important works. It is a continuing project begun in 1976 to document the changing life and people of Lithuania. Working at the time when Lithuania (as the Lithuanian SSR) was part of the Soviet Union, Sutkus focused on black…
Biography: Documentary photographer Joseph Szabo

Biography: Documentary photographer Joseph Szabo

As a high school teacher on Long Island, New York for more than two decades, Joseph Szabo (born 1944 in Toledo, Ohio) used photography as a tool to reach out to and connect with his students, giving him access to the world of teenagers adults rarely see. Szabo’s images depict the importance of peer acceptance, the significance of the right…
Biography: Documentary photographer Lee Friedlander

Biography: Documentary photographer Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander (born July 14, 1934) is an American photographer. In the 1960s and 70s, working primarily with 35mm cameras and black and white film, Friedlander evolved an influential and often imitated visual language of urban “social landscape,” with many of his photographs including fragments of store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, posters and street signs. In 1963 he got…
Biography: Documentary/Street photographer Daido Moriyama

Biography: Documentary/Street photographer Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama (born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan. Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Daido Moriyama was born in 1938 along with a twin brother,…
Biography: Sebastiao Salgado

Biography: Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado (born February 8, 1944) is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. Educated as an economist, Salgado egan his photography career in 1973. His first book, Other Americas, about the poor in Latin America, was published in 1986. This was followed by Sahel: Man in Distress (also published in 1986), the result of a 15 month long collaboration…
Biography: Portrait photographer Malick Sidibe

Biography: Portrait photographer Malick Sidibe

Malick Sidibé (born in 1935) is a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He graduates in Jewellery and Design but starts his career in a totally different field: the decoration the Photo Service boutique, where he will become the pupil of owner Gérard Guillat. Three years later, he opens his own…
Biography: Tomasz Gudzowaty

Biography: Tomasz Gudzowaty

Tomasz Gudzowaty (born in 1971) is a Polish photographer best known for his large format photographs. Gudzowaty studied law at the University of Warsaw. He began his photographic career with nature photography, later turning to social documentary. For the past few years he has focused on sports photography and is particularly interested in non-commercial sports – those that are exotic,…