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.
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.