Hugh Edwards was an American curator of photography. Belonging to the likes of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and John Szarkowski, Edwards was one of the key figures to help the art world embrace fine art photography as well as documentary photography in the United States.
Edwards was also a photographer, however. He worked on a project to document a roller rink in the 1950's, which spanned for a decade. While he was no celebrated photographer, he was the man behind many successes of those whom he have helped.
In 1961, Edwards retired from photography and began to encourage emerging photographers -- Jan Saudek, Duane Michals, Algimantas Kezys, Danny Lyon, to name a few -- and was the first to offer solo shows of Robert Frank and Raymond Moore. Edwards shaped photography in Chicago, as he would always focus on monographic presentations, the juxtaposition of 'canonized' images by new practitioners.
Moreover, he as the first to champion 19th-century photography as he acquired the works of Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot. and Alexander Gardner. He also showcased early 20th century photographers -- Ansel Adams, Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith. American photography became a more established institution.
Whether documentary or portraiture, American photographer *Steve Schapiro* knows the best of both worlds. First gaining the reputation as a photojournalist, and capturing the key moments of the African-American Civil Rights movement, he is also known as the photographer of the most iconic people.
For vintage portraitists, no one can ever go wrong with Edward Curtis, the American photographer, and ethnologist whose coverage of the American West and Native American peoples continue to be one of the most significant works and oeuvre of an artist in American history.
In documentary photography, a watchful eye, a patient mind and a humble attitude that bows to the unpredictability and chances is what makes American photorgapher Larry Fink a true master of his genre.
Manx photographer Chris Killip's In Flagrante is one of the most important photobooks of documentary photography. We revisit his work that captured the deindustrialization of the working class communities in Northern England during the 70's and 80's.
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The American pioneer of surrealist and dadaist photography was once treated as an offender to the scientific-and-documentary approach of photography. It just so happens that Man Ray liberated the camera to be more than just a medium of representation.
Photographer and vlogger Marc Silber visits the grandson of the master photographer Edward Weston and explores his former home, one that reeks of the personal and photographic history of the renowned member of Group f/64.
"The Americans" is the most celebrated body of work by the documentarian Robert Frank. Considered as one of America's national photographic treasures, Frank's diary of the "American way of life" post-war reveal the socio-political issues that pervade to this day.
The human face has been a never-ending study since the beginning of art history. Recognition has been part of the study, and mostly, it's the most defining, prominent figures of public life that are under artistic examinations. Photography does it as well.