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Understanding the creation and dissemination of documentary photography 
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Within a world with a 24 hour news cycle, worldwide access and limited attention spans traditional print media no longer funds a large number of time-intensive long form stories and photojournalism. All creators have their own means of almost instantaneous image distribution through private means such as personal websites and blogs and social media sites such as flicker, twitter and instagram. The advantages of these distribution channels go along with the fragmentation of the message through intensive competition and a scattering of content making finding content easier whilst disrupted the financial models of journalism that supported photojournalism and high quality documentary photography. To understand the flows of information the organisations that give grants and who is attempted to ensure the support and dissemination of photography that promotes social change the following model is proposed.
Examples: Center for Documentary Studies (Duke University), International Center of Photography, PhotoWings
Examples: Blue Alliance / Soros etc;


Each country, region or interest group will have its own model and where documentary photographers fit into it but at this stage the model is deliberately kept simple. Photographers also make personal decision about the series they will produce, the grants they apply for, contracts they take and how they dessiminate their work . They may do any combination of the following and most do:
  • Work for hire
    A photographer takes the photographs for a specific project and is paid accordingly on the completition of the work.
  • Apply / Work for competitive grants
    As the number of opportunities for photojournalists has declined because of changes in advertising in print media grants are increasingly competitive.
  • Work on personal projects
    With series funded and created by photographers they may publish them online or seek to sell them after completion.
Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
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