Yesterday i was talking with a gallery owner who will be part of the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, and i mentioned that Documentary photography was a much bigger genre than just photo-journalism.
The gallery owner than asked " So what is documentary photography? If i take a photo of my family i'm documenting them... so ins't everything documentary photography?"
I tried to explain what IS documentary photography but wasn't happy with my own answer so i though a bit more and wrote this.
Documentary photography can be on any topic really, including families and fashion, but differs a lot in the approach from most family photos or commercial photography.
Do you want to show only your baby and wife when they look their cutest? , or do you wanna make more of an examination with a camera to explore a topic like, "what is a family" or "what makes my family different" " how will my family change with time"
Same for fashion or any topic, do you just wanna show sexy girls? or do you wanna use a camera to explore how much women can expose their bodies in public in different cultures around the world. Both are photos about fashion and family but approached very differently.