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Lens on Life by Stephanie Calabrese Roberts

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1Get Inside the Mind of a Documentary Photographer

Documentary photography can be defined, approached, and practiced in endless ways, but it works best when it unfolds in a way that’s unique to you. When I first began thinking about this book and the idea of sharing my personal thoughts, experiences, and techniques, I felt it critical to include insight and perspective from a diverse collection of documentary photographers I respect and admire. This sent me on a path to see if I could uncover and illuminate secrets from them—to get inside the mind of each photographer and broaden the reader’s view and approach to documentary photography.

“I don’t have any photography secrets,” cautioned Elliott Erwitt in our initial email exchange. Reading these ...

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