The Documentary Photography Issue VII: Home, reimagined

The Documentary Photography Issue VII: Home, reimagined
Out now! — ‘Home’ is both a physical and imagined space – a state and place of belonging. In our annual celebration of visual storytelling, join us as we spotlight the photographers capturing it in all of its wildly different guises.

It feels as if our relationship with the idea of home is changing. 

Across the world, nationalism finds itself dancing freely with far-right politics, while political divisions have chopped families right down the middle, transforming previously tight-knit units into warring factions. 

At the same time, conflict and a climate emergency have seen millions of people displaced, forcing them to flee their place of birth and seek refuge elsewhere. Once they arrive, elsewhere isn’t always so welcoming. 

In that sense, home is both a physical and imagined space: a state and place of belonging. How we find our way there is the great challenge of life; how we capture it is even harder. 

For documentary photographers, the challenge is clear. How do you record something so fluid and subjective – so personal – in a way that resonates on a universal scale? 

The answers, of course, vary – depending on who you ask. But one thing remains clear. Home, in all of its wildly different guises, has never been a richer subject to explore. In the seventh edition of our Documentary Photography Special, we celebrate some of the storytellers doing just that. 

Buy your copy now. 


page break

Sohrab Hura 

Sohrab Hura blends fact and fiction to explore contemporary Indian society, never giving away whether an image is real, staged, or a little bit of both. For him, this kind of provocation is the only way to depict the anxiety he currently feels in his home country: a precarious state, sizzling with tension.

Michael Jang

Michael Jang views the world through a mischievous lens. Be it irreverent family photos, covert celebrity shots or candid portraits of US weather broadcasters, his work amplifies the humour in the everyday. Now, after going unseen for decades, it’s finally gaining the plaudits it deserves – and the 68-year-old is loving every second.

Sandy Carson

After falling victim to a violent assault, BMX rider Sandy Carson left his native Scotland for the US. It was there, travelling the breadth of the country, that he found a home in photography – capturing American life with an outsider’s eye.

Alexia Webster

Alexia Webster travels the world, setting up public studios where anyone can pose for a portrait. For the South African photographer, it’s about redressing the power balance between artist and subject – all while sharing the simple joy that comes with having your photo taken. 

Mark Neville

Mark Neville believes that photography can be more than just pictures on a page. Over the course of his career, he’s shone a light on unspoken issues – making work that actively serves the communities he captures. 

Lindokuhle Sobekwa on Ernest Cole

A rising star of South African photography lifts the lid on the storyteller who inspired him most. 

Lua Ribeira on Cristina Garcia Rodero

The Spanish photographer pays tribute to one of her country’s all-time greats. 

Ying Ang

Motherhood, of all the stories we possess, is perhaps the most well-known: a narrative that in some way shapes us all. But for photographer Ying Ang, no corner of culture – no books, films, photos or art – captured the implosion that transformed her world. It demanded a new way of seeing. 

Terra Fondriest

Terra Fondriest documents life in the Ozarks with an unmatched intimacy – a challenge in a region awash with stereotypes. But the mother, firefighter and horse ranch worker is no outsider. She’s simply capturing what she knows. 

Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel made his name as one of South Africa’s leading ‘struggle photographers’, unflinchingly documenting the most brutal years of apartheid. Now, over 25 years later, a chance encounter with some old damaged prints has led him to revisit the forgotten parts of his archive – helping him unpack some of the trauma he witnessed in those formative years. 

Miranda Barnes

Caribbean American photographer Miranda Barnes went from sharing images on her Tumblr page to feature assignments for The New York Times in the space of a few short years. Whether she’s documenting the black American experience or using her work as a vessel for social justice, she’s driven by a desire to shake things up in contemporary photography. 

Cengiz Yar

American photographer Cengiz Yar has seen a few things in his time – from the rebels’ battle to oust Assad in Syria, to the human fallout of conflict in Iraq. But it was away from the frontlines that he truly came to value a universal right: having a patch to call one’s own. 

Diana Markosian

Diana Markosian left her childhood home in the former Soviet Union for a new life in California. But it was a journey she never chose to take. To understand her mother’s choices, she had to press rewind and reconstruct the first chapter of a story that would inspire her most ambitious project yet: a film, book and exhibition – built from the memories in her head. 

Motoyuki Daifu

For Motoyuki Daifu, inspiration is never far away. In fact, he doesn’t even need to leave the house. For over a decade, the Japanese photographer has been capturing the charm and hilarity of life within his family home, seeking out quiet moments of magic among the mundane. 


page break

Pick up The Documentary Photography Issue VII in the Huck Shop, or subscribe to make sure you never miss out.

Enjoyed this article? Like Huck on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Latest on Huck

Bashy: “My dad kept me alive”

Bashy: “My dad kept me alive”

In our latest Daddy Issues column, award winning actor and MC Ashley “Bashy” Thomas talks traditional masculinity, learning survival skills from his Dad and ‘making it’.

Written by: Robert Kazandjian

How communities of colour fought back
Election 2024

How communities of colour fought back

Micha Frazer-Carroll examines the challenges that the UK’s minoritised communities have faced over the last five years, and reports on the ways that they have come together to organise, support and uplift one another.

Written by: Micha Frazer-Carroll

Revisiting Casa Susanna, the legendary Trans refuge in pre-Stonewall America

Revisiting Casa Susanna, the legendary Trans refuge in pre-Stonewall America

A new book explores the story of the private oasis for self-identified heterosexual men and their wives seeking space to explore gender variance at a time when homosexuality and crossdressing were treated as crimes and mental illnesses.

Written by: Miss Rosen

What it's really like to access gender affirming healthcare as a young trans woman
Election 2024

What it's really like to access gender affirming healthcare as a young trans woman

In explaining her often difficult, frustrating and long journey through the healthcare system, Johanna Kirkpatrick dispels many of the myths surrounding gender identity clinics.

Written by: Johanna Kirkpatrick

The photographer tracing the history of New York’s slave trade

The photographer tracing the history of New York’s slave trade

Nona Faustine embarked on a journey into the past, traveling across New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island between 2012–2021 to create the new exhibition and monograph ‘White Shoes.’

Written by: Miss Rosen

The Bootleg Toymakers Creating Collectables For A Mashed-Up Generation

The Bootleg Toymakers Creating Collectables For A Mashed-Up Generation

Driven by a desire to destroy and rebuild, a new generation of comic, film and music obsessives are creating twisted tributes to their favourite pop culture moments.

Written by: Zach Sebastian

Sign up to our newsletter

Issue 80: The Ziwe issue

Buy it now