Apparently, social documentary photography was formed in 1930s at the time of The Great Depression. The unpleasant social situation at that time induced artists to undertake some social reforms. This is a contemporary example of such photography. Yet, I wonder whether or not we can call the photo on the left, a social documentary photo. A documentary photo often has a message for the audience which distinguishes it from a landscape or an ordinary portrait. Perhaps it records an event but this event is supposed to be meaningful. These left aside, the photo here is beautiful to me. It is a very candid photo showing the surroundings of the artist with some irony. The composition has made the man’s presence neutral. In fact the man is nothing more than a part of the whole atmosphere. The empty chair in front of the photo helps creating this atmosphere. Among the numerous photos of Photo of The Year Exhibition, this was among few photos worth attention.