“. . . we are there with our cameras to record reality. Once we start modifying that which exists, we are robbing photography of its most valuable attribute.”
—Philip Jones Griffiths
An extended documentary is a story of a particular ethnic group, community, fraternal organization, lifestyle, social class, age group, or an individual. It could be the story of a place or culture; a city, urban renewal project, highway, or national park.
When you begin an extended documentary it’s not always possible to place an end time to it. It might take a week, a month, or years to complete.
I photographed Route 66 one to two months a year for ten years; after that, I felt there was no ...