What is it like being a documentary photographer?

If it seems like I’ve been writing a lot about photojournalism it’s because I’m finally reaching that point where I can succinctly answer the question of what style of photography I enjoy.

In the past, I’ve found it a lot easier in recognizing the styles I don’t like as oppose to the one I do because I’ve always been into making photos of everyday objects and scenes.

As much as I shoot, I like to think there’s some underlying theme that runs through those photographs and when I read Henry Horenstein’s response to the question of what it’s like being a documentary photographer, all I could find saying to myself is how much I love everything he’s describing.

There’s a lot of stress involved with being a documentary photographer. Much of the work has to do with making contacts and talking people into something they may not want to do, like being photographed or having me come along with them. It’s contentious and some people don’t want you there.

In some cases, it’s even been a little dangerous. In general, it’s not necessarily a peaceful way to work, although wonderful and richly rewarding. In my opinion, photographing animals, people, portraits or nudes is much more peaceful.

The closest feeling gotten to this was when I happen to find myself in the middle of a rally aginst the war in Union Square. I never felt more excited photographing than I did that day.