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.
Huck 52 – The Documentary Photography Special III celebrates collaboration in many forms. These are photo stories that help us connect. These are the stories that speak to us. Stories that hold our collective truth.
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.
Jim Goldberg – In Their Own Words: By inviting his subjects to write their thoughts all over his photographs, Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg is flipping the gaze and raising important questions about visual language and who gets to use it.
Diàna Markosian – 1915: A hundred years after the Armenian genocide, a twenty-five-year-old photographer tracks down three survivors and together they journey back to the past.
Danny Lyon – Conversations with the Dead: When Danny Lyon infiltrated the Texan prison system during the Vietnam War, he captured a portrait of America that was propaganda free.
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.
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.
Everyday Africa: How a simple snapshot of everyday life became a global movement that’s shifting attitudes around the world.
￼Twenty Journey: Three young South Africans – Sipho Mpongo, Sean Metelerkamp and Wikus de Wet – hit the road together, in a bid to understand the land that binds them.
Anastasia Vlasova – My Ukraine: At just twenty-two, Ukrainian photographer Anastasia Vlasova has witnessed a revolution and the grief of war. But it’s the people she met – and loved – along the way that taught her the lesson of a lifetime.
Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti – The Heavens: Exposing the mysterious abyss of tax havens, the absurdity of our global economic system and the weird world of the privileged one per cent.
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz – Shane & Maggie: When Sara Naomi Lewkowicz plucked up the courage to talk to a young couple at a fayre, she stumbled on a story that was about to erupt, and is still unfolding today.
Exclusive personal essays from photographers Daniella Zalcman, Avijit Halder, Adriana Monsalve, Ben Rutherford & Josh Cunliffe, Koan Collective – Alex Potter, Amanda Mustard, Cooper Neill and Allison Joyce; Igor Samolet, Adam Patterson and Roger May.