Is all photography fiction?

Huck 46 – The Documentary Photography Special II – our annual bumper-sized celebration of visual storytelling –  shines a light on the people behind the lens, embracing their personal perspectives as a route towards deeper truths.

In 2013, we explored how social media was making documentarians of us all.  This year we’re digging even deeper into the documentary form, asking bigger questions and championing more boundary-breaking work. Is photography really an objective medium, asks Time LightBox editor Olivier Laurent. Or is it inherently personal, embedding the photographer’s own perspective into every shot? This issue sets out to explore these timeless questions – about truth and objectivity – through deeply personal essays that champion the photographer as storyteller in their own right.


Smoke and Mirrors by Olivier Laurent: Meet the new breed of photographers blurring the line between fact and fiction, leading the way towards deeper truths.

Mary Ellen Mark on Henri Cartier Bresson: An exclusive piece by one legend on another.


Exclusive personal essays:

Joseph Szabo digs through his rich black and white archives to share images that capture the passion of youth.

Carolyn Drake returns to China to collaborate with the Uyghur people, whose struggle for survival she documented years ago, for a project that puts the subject in the storyteller’s seat.

Brendan Hoffman reveals how his work in Ukraine sent a wave of change through his personal life, too.

Jason Andrew exposes human trafficking in soccer, and ends up learning something new about himself.

Lindsay Mackenzie cuts through cliches with her Instagram project, Everyday Middle East.

Ewen Spencer captures UK grime and garage at its underground best.

Andrew McConnell finds a metaphor for freedom in wartorn Gaza by documenting the community who gravitate towards the sea.

J.A. Mortram captures a contemplative snapshot of life on the fringes of British society.

Matt Eich explores the American condition in its many varied forms.  

Shannon Jensen captures the human experience in South Sudan with a faceless bold project that breaks every storytelling rule.

Johnathan Mehring proves that skateboarding can be a passport to the world.

David Maurice Smith paints an authentic portrait of modern Aboriginal life.

Harold Feinstein, Ying Ang, Tommaso Protti and Venetia Dearden contemplate the meaning of home.

And Krisanne Johnson captures the girls of Swaziland whose lives have been shaped, but not defined, by their struggle with HIV.

Huck 46 – The Documentary Special II is out September 8, 2014.

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