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Documentary Photography: Time Life Library of Photography Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, 1972
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It is a sampling of the work of photographers since the invention of photography to the publication of the book. They grouped photographers under various rubrics, covering certain time periods. The first are grouped under "The Authentic View" and include John Thomson who travelled to exotic locales in the 1860; Benjamin Stone who focused on the social customs in his native England; Jacques-Henri Lartigue who chose his family to convey his vision, and Eugene Atget, who captured images of Paris during La Belle Epoque, particularly early in the morning, and thus, without people.
Before the FSA, there were other "crusaders" who hoped their photographs would inspire social change. To a large degree, they did. There was Jacob Riis, who documented the slums in NYC, including those who would sleep in rooms for a nickel a night. And Lewis Hine, who campaigned to abolish child labor.
After the Second World War there were a number of photographers who grouped together as "The Photo League." Their objective was simple to present the world as it is, without a social motive. This volume contains one or two photographs from 15 different photographers in this league. Regrettably, the group got "done in" by the McCarthyism of the 1950's.
The most extensive collection of photographs, per photographer, is for the five grouped under "A Commitment to Inspire." They are Andre Kertesz, a Hungarian, who had an influence on the other four: Paul Strand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange (again, for her overseas work), and W. Eugene Smith. I agree on the grouping, and have entire books on the photograph of Cartier-Bresson and Smith. In this volume, it was an interesting choice of photographs of Cartier-Bresson: those that he took in the former Soviet Union during the 1950's.
The section following is entitled "Uncovering the Wasteland of Affluence" and contains the work of Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and Diane Arbus. The latter's work I have always found to be "edgy," like the screech of chalk across a blackboard. A friend recently sent me a photograph of a group of four women, seated together at a table, each busily texting someone else, somewhere else. The loneliness and alienation of people, even in a crowd. A lot of the photographs in this section convey the same characteristics, long before iphones.
The final section, and I thought the weakest, were the "private worlds" of Christian Sunde, Tom Zimmerman, and Arthur Freed. A lot in this section had the quality of a family photo album.
Overall though, this is an essential volume in anyone's photography library, and at current prices for used copies at Amazon, it is most affordable. 5-stars.