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Witness in our time : working lives of documentary photographers

Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, c2000.
Physical Description:
211 p. : illustrations (photographs).
Introduction: Seeing and believing -- Photographers: Hansel Meith : The Depression and the early days of life -- Walter Rosenblum : Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, and the Photo League -- Michelle Vignes : Magnum Photo Agency; The early years -- Wayne Miller : World War II and the family of man -- Peter Magubane : A black photographer in Apartheid South Africa -- Matt Herron : The civil rights movement and the Southern documentary project -- Jull Freedman : Resurrection City -- Mary Ellen Mark : Streetwise photographer -- Earl Dotter : The United Mine Workers -- Susan Meiselas : Central America and Human rights -- Sebastiao Salgado : workers -- Graciela Iturbide : The Indigenous of Mexico -- Antonin Kratochvil : The fall of the Iron Curtain -- Donna Ferrato : Living with the enemy: domestic violence -- Joseph Rodriguez : In the barrio -- Dayanita Singh : A truer India -- Fazal Sheikh : Portrait of a refugee -- Editors and Curators : Gifford Hampshire : The Environmental Protection Agency's project DOCUMERICA -- Peter Howe : Life Magazine and Outtakes -- Colin Jacobson : Independent magazine and Reportage -- Ann Wilkes Tucker : The Museum Context -- Afterword: Witness in our time.
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Documentary photographers explore the crucial issues and events of our time. Building on the traditions and passions of their predecessors, they are devising new strategies to address the obstacles and opportunities created by rapid media changes and intensified cross-cultural contact.

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Choice Review

Light (Univ. of California, Berkeley) uses the phrase "a witness to their time" to describe the social documentary photographers highlighted in this outstanding narrative of the lives and works of photographers, editors, and curators. This collection of interviews with many of the most important social documentary photographers of the late 20th century is an impressive work that records the joys and perils of photographers who attempt to document the world around them. Many of the photographers interviewed are not well-known names, but their images resonate with times and places that instantly will be recognizable to most readers. Only a single image accompanies each narrative, but a quick search of the Internet will bring many more images to light and reinforce the importance of this remarkable collection. This second edition (1st ed., 2000) would be excellent for a course on social documentary photography and a great read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the "mind's eye" of a documentary photographer. Light is in his own right an exceptional social documentary photographer, who has made an outstanding effort in compiling this wonderful collection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. J. M. King emeritus, University of Georgia