15 Amazing Photographs That Successfully Tell a Story

Every photograph we see tells us a story in some way. Some photographs do it exceptionally well, though. As the popular adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. A really strong image can captivate a viewer's attention and can truly convey a message. Think of the iconic images like The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson, or Dorothea Lange’s Depression-era work, or Churchill’s historic portrait photo by Yousuf Karsh.

This post is a collection of some images that successfully tell a story. Interpreting an image is oftentimes subjective. As you will see below, a human element is usually the main subject of such images as it evokes emotions in the viewer. However, a lack of any human element in a photo can also tell a great story in certain situations. We hope these images inspire you towards storytelling through your photography.

If you'd like to learn how to tell a story with a photograph, take a look at Kent DuFault's guide on effective storytelling.


Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Jon Southcoasting

Photo by Naveen Lakshmanareddy

Photo by Houman Khosrozadeh

Photo by Konrad Lembcke

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Professor Bop

Photo by Konrad Lembcke

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by Rajarshi MITRA

Photo by Judit Klein

Photo by Bengin Ahmad

Photo by Konrad Lembcke

Photo by Tuncay

Photo by Konrad Lembcke


Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Photography

If you'd like to understand what photographic storytelling is and learn how to instill the ‘story element' into a photograph that you want to capture, make sure to check out the guide Effective Storytelling With Photography over at Photzy.

The Effective Storytelling With Photography E-Book. See more details here.


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About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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