Documentary Photographers share their experiences

10 Photographers on the things the don’t leave home without

I asked some of the photographers who have been interviewed in the Documentary Photography Review podcasts to share their thoughts and experiences in response to a series of 12 questions. (You can read the responses to last week’s question, and sign up to the DPR newsletter to be kept informed of future articles.)

This week I ask:

Beyond your camera and lenses, what one piece of kit do you consider to be essential to your practice and why?

[divider]Lewis Bush [/divider]

My own narrow and deeply subjective slant on the world.

Lewis Bush
I shoot, write, talk, curate, and teach about photography, journalism, history and art. Lecturer at the London College of Communication and run the Disphotic blog

[divider]Cinzia D’Ambrosi [/divider]

A notebook! It is an essential part of my kit for various reason.

I write the story that I am about to start taking photos of, my expectations, how I envision it, details of the people I have contacted, met, piece of writings on the subject etc. I write as much as possible throughout the time before, during and after a photo story.

Cinzia D'Ambrosi
Photojournalist and documentary photographer. My photography work is motivated by my desire to investigate, expose and stimulate public response seeking the potentials to change a path, to modify a legislation, to tell a story otherwise untold.

[divider]Jonathan Goldberg [/divider]

I’m increasingly using a tripod – essential when making movies, and good when doing portraits as there is a better interaction with subject and the shoot becomes slower, more deliberate.

Jonathan Goldberg
I am a London-based portrait and documentary and documentary photographer with 20 years of experience. In between my regular portrait and documentary commissions I undertake personal projects relating to issues that I'm passionate about.

[divider]Ingrid Guyon [/divider]

Dialogue with the subject matter, for many reasons: to get to know them, to make sure they understand how the images will be used, to become part of the story.

Ingrid Guyon
I have lived and worked as a photographer, community worker and photography facilitator in London since 2001 and graduated at the London College of Communication and Social Anthropology in 2006.

[divider]Eduardo Leal [/divider]

My notebooks, it where all the ideas, thoughts and notes are. They are the back-up of my brain. In a more technical way, my laptop because it allows me to work anywhere.

Eduardo Leal
Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese freelance documentary photographer focusing on Latin America social issues and politics and Portuguese traditions.

[divider]Claudia Leisinger [/divider]

An audio recorder. Currently I own a Zoom H4N with small clip-on microphones.

I always record interviews and ambient audio when working on a story. I do this for my own memory and because it is another really important and potentially evocative storytelling element.

Claudia Leisinger
At present I work as freelance portrait and documentary photographer, based in London. I have had my photos published in the Guardian, the Telegraph Magazine, the Big Issue, the NZZ newspaper and the Foto8 website, amongst others.

[divider]Tim Mitchell [/divider]

My mouth. It gets me into and out of some interesting situations. Or perhaps my carbon fibre tripod. Using a tripod effects the work produced, quite considerably.

Tim Mitchell
Tim works as a photographer, artist and educator taking on photographic commissions, workshops and teaching within the UK. Often working collaboratively, his projects document our relationship with our surroundings.

[divider]Hannah Mornement[/divider]

A notebook. I like to record everything.

Hannah Mornement
Originally a painter, Hannah Mornement is now a freelance documentary and reportage photographer, currently based in Brighton. Hannah has focused on people, places and humanitarian issues and has had over 10 years experience within the humanitarian and development sector.

[divider]Lucy Piper [/divider]

My mouth! Because if I can’t convince people to let me photograph them, I wouldn’t have a lot of the photographs I do.

Lucy Piper
Editorial & Documentary Photographer based in South-west UK

[divider]Roberto Zampino [/divider]

My backpack – I live with it. Wherever I go my orange dirty lower is with me, packed with cameras, lenses, underwear, socks and my books.

Roberto Zampino
I am a Sicilian photographer and filmmaker. I have been based in Italy, Cyprus and London working as a freelance photographer, commercial and photography teacher.

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