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.
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
Documentary Workshop - Building a Photographic Series (I)
These new workshops are intended to provide expert practical guidance for those considering or already working on documentary projects. They aim to address some of the challenges in three areas: 1- starting out (building a photographic series, defining your intent, planning and researching the project), 2- working on projects (staying motivated, shooting to a narrative, keeping it going and field work) and 3 -finishing off (the edit, sequencing and getting your work out there).
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.
Our popular bi-monthly single documentary image competition is open for all Documentary Group members to submit their best/favourite photos.
Check our April 2020 winner images.
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.