How do you separate a portrait photographer from a documentarian? It might seem obvious at first, but in reality the boundary between the two genres is often blurred. Documenting stories often includes photographing people, while the aim of many portrait photographers is to tell a subject's story.
To examine the intersection between the two genres, Canon Ambassador and photojournalist Ilvy Njiokiktjien joined three photographers from the worlds of documentary and portraiture: Laura El-Tantawy, a documentary photographer and Canon Ambassador who splits her time between London and Cairo; Canon Ambassador Helen Bartlett, a family photographer from London whose images often have documentary influences; and James Musselwhite, a studio portrait photographer, also based in the UK.
Between them, they span the thresholds of both genres, making them ideal to discuss the similarities and differences between them. As EOS R System shooters, they're also primed to compare how Canon technology helps them perform in each genre.
Here's what happened when documentary met portraiture.