"Theme" photography has its origins in photojournalism. Camera Clubs & Photographic Societies have embraced theme photography.... scroll down the page for rest of the story.
"Theme" photography has its origins in photojournalism. The beginning of modern photojournalism took place with the invention of the first 35 mm camera, the Leica. It was designed as a way to use surplus movie film, then shot in the 35mm format. Before this, a photo of professional quality required bulky equipment.
The portable and easy to use 35mm camera allowed photographers to go just about anywhere and take photos unobtrusively, without cumbersome lights or tripods. The images and scenes captured in this manner were dramatically different than the commonplace and primarily "posed photo".
The photographer's presence is now able to blend in with the surroundings and capture new, natural photos of people as they really lived.
This candid style photography needed a landing place and the photojournalism magazine emerged in mid-1920s.
The main difference between traditional publications and photo magazines was the use of the photograph; traditional publications were story priority with a supporting image. Photo magazines produced an actual story told by pictures with captions.
The written story was kept to a minimum, and the one, dominant, theme-setting photo would be published larger, while additional pictures would help reinforce this theme.
Photographers were now on assignment shooting themes... and almost 100 years later we are still taking up the challenge of tackling a theme.
Thank you to many online resources to organize the above article.
Bill Kellett - May 12, 2012