Engaged Observers

Engaged Observers

Documentary Photography Since the Sixties

Book - 2010
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Blackwell Publishing
In the decades following World War II, an independently minded and critically engaged form of photography began to gather momentum. Situated between journalism and art, its practitioners created extended photographic essays to delve deeply into humanistic topics and present distinct personal visions of the world.

Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties looks in depth at projects by a selection of the most vital photographers who have contributed to the development of this documentary approach. Passionately committed to their subjects, these photographers have captured both meditative and searing images, from the Deep South in the Civil Rights era to the war in Iraq in 2006. Their powerful visual reports, often published extensively as books, explore aspects of life that are sometimes difficult and troubling but are worthy of---even demand---our attention.

Engaged Observers presents more than 150 photographs by these distinguished artists, with an introduction and biographical essays by Brett Abbott, Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Oxford University Press
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.

Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, c2010
Description: viii, 236 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9781606060223
1606060228
Branch Call Number: 779.0922 Abb
Additional Contributors: J. Paul Getty Museum

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