Huck 52 - The Documentary Photography Special III celebrates collaboration in many different forms. These are photo stories that help us connect. These are the stories that speak to us. Stories that hold our collective truth.
Documentary photographers have a particular kind of mission. As storytellers that start and end with the truth, they’ve made it their life’s work to pick apart the things that confound us – conflict and inequality, politics and love; the actions of men who think they hold all the cards, and the inaction of those who don’t know their own power.
Stories are shaped by the people who live them, then generously handed on to be retold. With that exchange comes a social contract, whether the storyteller knows it or not. There is no story without collaboration. And anyone who argues otherwise is fooling no one but themselves. And even when the storyteller, camera in hand, has no one to answer to but themselves, the images they create become a collaboration of a different kind: a conversation that we can all choose to enter – no matter who or where we are – that in turn gives even more people a voice.
Eli Reed - A Long Walk Home: New Jersey-born Eli Reed – who was the first black man to join the Magnum roster in 1988 – finds common ground with his subjects by always approaching them with the empathy and respect he would wish for himself.
Glenna Gordon - Muslim Romance: Glenna Gordon stumbled across a Muslim romance novel in Nigeria’s religious north and entered a world where the rules of love became a barrier.
Better Together by Olivier Laurent: Photographers have found ways to collaborate with other people since the origins of the documentary form. Meet the ones coming together with storytellers of all kinds to find a new perspective.
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