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Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers

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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. Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the w ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Smithsonian Books (DC) (first published September 17th 2000)
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One of the best books on photography I have read, a must-read if you are interested in documentary photography.

Note that there is just one picture per chapter, so if you are looking for a book of photographs, that's not it (even though almost all of the pictures chosen are remarkable). It is in fact fine, as the text is excellent, but of course by the time you're done reading, you'll probably order a couple of books by the photographers interviewed.

Indeed, what makes this book fascinating is th
Tim Cowley
Light includes work by Hansel Mieth (The Depression; the early days of "Life"), Walter Rosenblum's reminiscences on Lewis Hine, Paul Strand and the Photo League; Michelle Vignes and the formation of the Magnum Photo Agency; Wayne Miller; Peter Magubane's fascinating and challenging work as a black photographer in Apartheid South Africa; Matt Herron's coverage on the civil rights movement; and others including Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao ...more
I love this book! Although the biographies I've read so far are about photographers from the depression era and 60's era, the stories are very relatable to everything happening now with the Occupy Movements. It's inspiring to hear about everything photographers had to endure when getting a great photo they could share with the world- sort of similar to people now sharing You Tube videos of injustices happening all over the world.
It is an amazing book. 22 photographers and editors/curators in it, from the 1930s to current times - why they chose documentary photography, what they saw, what they did.
I highly recommend it to everyone.
Kathyleistner Leistner
Loved it. Learned so much about the early documentary photographers. Originally, bought it to read about Jill Freedman.
Andrei Moraru
Photographers stories from this book made me to love more documentary photography.
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