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Train of Inhumanity by Saskia Wesseling
CREDIT: Saskia Wesseling


Documentary photography communicates a clear narrative through visual literacy. It can be applied to the photographic documentation of social, cultural, historical and political events.

Welcome to the Documentary Group

Documentary is about developing a narrative or story using images. Our Documentary Group members have a common interest in documentary, urban and street, photography. The group offers a lively events programme, a quarterly e-journal and the opportunity to participate in other photographic initiatives.

The Traveller
CREDIT: Simon Revington
Punters by AJ Wood ARPS
Resources for documentary photographers

This page will provide links to useful information to support documentary photographers and development of their projects:

Online picture archives - a useful source of inspiration and research material

Useful text and resource books on conducting documentary projects - to follow


Chloe Dewe Mathews
CREDIT: Chloe Dewe Mathews
Chloe Dewe Mathews: Artist Talk

In collaboration with the RPS Documentary Group, the Digital Imaging Group is delighted to present an online talk by Chloe Dewe Mathews, a Fine Art graduate who has dedicated herself to ambitious, long-term documentary projects covering a diverse range of subjects, often exploring the relationship between people and the land. Her series Shot at Dawn focuses on 23 sites in France and Belgium where Allied soldiers were executed by their own regiments for desertion and ‘cowardice’ in the First World War. For another project, Caspian, she travelled to the far corners of the Caspian Sea in order to examine the deep links between the people of the Caspian and its natural resources.

Dm Jan Cover

Read our digital magazine

The Decisive Moment is a quarterly journal that showcases the work of the Documentary Group members, shares insights and reviews about exhibitions related to the field of documentary photography and contains articles and interviews with prominent members of the photographic community.



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Dressing Room Diva by Lorraine Poole
CREDIT: Lorraine Poole

Bi-Monthly Competition

Our popular bi-monthly single documentary image competition is open for all Documentary Group members to submit their best/favourite photos.


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CREDIT: Lina Geoushy

Documentary Photographer of the Year 2019

The Documentary Photographer of the Year (DPOTY) competition is organised by the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Group. Competition entries are now closed, with a record number of entries. The successful projects will be exhibited in multiple locations around the UK. Find out more about the successful projects in the January edition of the Decisive Moment.

DPOTY 2019