Our weekly photo challenge, as you know, usually consists of taking one photo, because sending you out for taking one photo within a week promises more success than demanding a series of images. (Yes, we’re all too busy these days!)
But this week will be different. With regard to the recently chosen “Photos of the Year 2015” (dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH) we want you to focus on reportage photography. What sets this task apart from the previous “Be a Photojournalist” challenge is the more complex story line, which also means that spending time is crucial.
Think of Dorothea Lange’s work for the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s that drew public attention to the poor. But, though her photograph “Migrant Mother” is the most popular, it is not the best example for a documentary approach. Dorothea Lange didn’t even ask the women (Florence Owen Thompson) for her name and her history.
And now take a look at following collage that shows a photo series by Ole Spata. “Liebesdienste” is about the life of sex workers in Lower Saxony (Germany).
See? You won’t be able to tell a history with your photographs without knowing the history of the subjects involved.
Now, find the story you want to tell and create your own reportage collage!