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Witness in Our Time, Second Edition: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers

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Ken Light is an internationally recognized documentary photographer and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts photography fellowships. The author of seven photo books, including Delta Time, Texas Death Row, and Coal Hollow, he is a full-time faculty member and director of the Center for Photography at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kerry Tremain is a writer and editor. The former executive editor of Mother Jones, he was a cofounder and director of the International Fund for Documentary Photography.

Synopsis:

Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-nine of the genre's best photographers, editors, and curators, showing how the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. The second edition includes a new section of interviews on documentary photography in the field and an exploration of the role of photojournalism in 21st-century media. Witness in Our Time provides an insider's view of a profession that continues to confront questions of art and truth while extending the definitions of both.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Seeing and Believing–Kerry Tremain

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Hansel Mieth: 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: Word 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

Jill Freedman: Resurrection City

Mary Ellen Mark: Streetwise Photographer

Earl Dotter: The United Mine Workers

Eugene Richards: Americans We

Susan Meiselas: Central America and Human Rights

Sebastio 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

Anne Wilkes Tucker: The Museum Context

Fred Ritchin: The Fish are Last to Know about the Water: The Emerging Digital Revolution

IN THE FIELD

Ronald Partridge: Dorothea Lange in the Field

Don McCullin: Vietnam: The Battle of Hue, 1968

Bill Owens: Suburbia and a Passion for Seeing His World

Larry Fink: Social Graces

David Goldblatt: Once an Enemy: Apartheid and the New South Africa

Maya Goded: Tierra Negra

Afterword: Witness in Our Time–Ken Light

Bibliography

Important Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588343062
Subtitle:
Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Publisher:
Smithsonian
Author:
Light, Ken
Subject:
Photo Essays
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Photojournalism
Publication Date:
2010
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Pages:
280

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"Synopsis" by , Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-nine of the genre's best photographers, editors, and curators, showing how the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. The second edition includes a new section of interviews on documentary photography in the field and an exploration of the role of photojournalism in 21st-century media. Witness in Our Time provides an insider's view of a profession that continues to confront questions of art and truth while extending the definitions of both.
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