Witness in Our Time, Second Edition

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

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, DC, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1588342980
  • 9781588342980
  • 86,121

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From CHOICE Light (Univ. of California, Berkeley) uses the phrase "a witness to their time" to describe the social documentary photographers highlighted in this outstanding narrative of the lives and works of photographers, editors, and curators. This collection of interviews with many of the most important social documentary photographers of the late 20th century is an impressive work that records the joys and perils of photographers who attempt to document the world around them. Many of the photographers interviewed are not well-known names, but their images resonate with times and places that instantly will be recognizable to most readers. Only a single image accompanies each narrative, but a quick search of the Internet will bring many more images to light and reinforce the importance of this remarkable collection. This second edition (1st ed., 2000) would be excellent for a course on social documentary photography and a great read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the "mind's eye" of a documentary photographer. Light is in his own right an exceptional social documentary photographer, who has made an outstanding effort in compiling this wonderful collection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers.--J. M. King, emeritus, University of Georgia "Photography can change the world. If you have any doubts, read this book. It will change your life."--Brian Wallis, Chief Curator, International Center of Photography "Ken Light has managed to get very close to some of the greats in photography: Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Susan Meiselas, among others, and in the process created a document that is a guide for all young people who search of the truth."--Danny Lyon "Seasoned pro, amateur, or fledgling photo-J school grad awash in the newest technologies, it's worth reading Ken Light's classic Witness in Our Time, which tells it like it is straight from the mouths of the best there ever were."--Jeffrey D. Smith, Director, Contact Press Images "For all of us who have complained about how tough things are in these times (and who among us has not complained?), the voices in this book remind us photojournalism and documentary photography were never easy, not even for those included in this book who are generally accepted as stars in the profession."--Jim McNay, past president of the National Press Photographers Associationshow more

About Ken Light

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.show more

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 Sebastião 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 Indexshow more

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