Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties

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Getty Publications, 2010 - Photography - 236 pages
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In the decades following World War II, an independently minded, critically engaged form of photojournalism began to flourish. It was not destined for the morning papers or exclusively for newsmagazines, and it did not attempt to be neutral. This kind of photojournalism was self-assigned. It declared its independence from the mainstream media's editorial control, and it was disseminated to the public through books, exhibitions, articles, and, more recently, the Web.
Engaged Observers focuses on nine photographers who have participated in the development of this documentary approach. Surveyed are Leonard Freed (Black in White America), Philip Jones Griffiths (Vietnam Inc.), W. Eugene Smith (Minamata), Susan Meiselas (Nicaragua: June 1978-July 1979), Mary Ellen Mark (Streetwise), Larry Towell (The Mennonites), Sebastiao Salgado (Migrations), Lauren Greenfield (Girl Culture), and James Nachtwey ("The Sacrifice"). Each section opens with an introductory essay that sets the work in its evolving historical context.
  

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User Review  - Mike Rogers - Book Verdict

The Vietnam War launched a new era in documentary photography, as photojournalists were given a free hand to capture everything, unlike previous 20th-century American wars in which the government ... Read full review

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I was already familiar with most of these series, but it was great to see all the photos in depth with the backstory of each. A terrific, exhaustive collection of some of the preeminent documentary photography in the last 50 years. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
First Chapter
37
Plate List
227
Index
233
Back Cover
237
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Brett Abbott is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the editor of Edward Weston's Book of Nudes and the author of In Focus: Edward Weston.

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