Category Archives: Christian Approach

What If Today Is Opposite Day?

I suspect the vast majority of people reading this post have seen Dorothea Lange’s photograph entitled Migrant Mother, an image of a woman as she ponders her future during the depression.  This 1936 picture has been used innumerable times to … Continue reading

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The Lord Doesn’t Need a Lawyer: The Case for More Sophisticated Storytelling

Arguably, too many Americans go on short term mission trips overseas.  I don’t mean those to be fighting words.  I’m merely expressing the other side of a discussion about the value of sending so many folks to help those in … Continue reading

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Creating Christian Documentary Photography in a Postmodern World

As Google Scholar says, we “stand on the shoulders of giants.” What we know in almost every subject is largely based on thinking done over many years by very smart people before us.  In keeping with that, I want to … Continue reading

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It’s the Means, Not the Ends: The Case Against Photographing Prayer

Documentary photographers have a grand tradition of helping people through photography.  As Cornell Capa demonstrated in The Concerned Photographer, for years documentarians have been shining a light on marginalized people in need of help. And often help does come in … Continue reading

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Balanced Seeing

A famous photographer for Life Magazine, Andreas Feininger, wrote in Principles of Composition in Photography: A favorite subject of most tourists traveling in foreign countries … is the “native quarter” of cities and towns: the narrow crooked streets, the alleys, … Continue reading

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Why Be a Christian Documentary Photographer?

Obviously that’s a very personal question. And I’m sure the answer is different for each and every person who pursues Christian Documentary Photography.  To stimulate discussion, I’d like to outline several of the reasons for pursuing this genre.  But I’d … Continue reading

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Putting the Christian in Documentary Photography

At a program last fall in Washington D.C. during FotoWeek, I had the opportunity to see photo essays created by the winners of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography.  In the following remarks, I am not picking on them: I’m … Continue reading

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My Personal Approach

I’m going to go out on a limb here. Over the next months and years, I plan to study this genre of Christian Documentary Photography in large part to improve my own understanding and vision.  So in the interest of … Continue reading

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