Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties

Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties by Brett Abott

TR 820.5 .A25 2010

“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.” – publisher description

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