NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960 poignantly portrays life in Italy through the lens of photography before, during, and after World War II. As both a formal approach and a mindset, neorealism reached the height of its popularity in the 1950s. While the movement is primarily associated with cinematic and literary depictions of dire […]
Ernest Cole (1940–1990)—one of South Africa’s first black photo-journalists—created powerful photographs that revealed to the world what it meant to be black under apartheid.
Combining photography with performance, personal identity with global politics, and satire with farce, Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990) created a compelling body of work whose complexity is belied by its humor and grace.
In the wake of World War II, Japan experienced sweeping trans-formations. Rapid industrialization and the economic surge that began in the mid-1950s were soon overshadowed by deep anxiety, sparked by the US–Japan Security Treaty (Anpo), which sustained American military presence within Japan’s borders. This tension reached a fever pitch in the late 1960s, when political […]
In the early 1930s, Shahn abandoned his interest in European modern art, creating instead incisive realist images, depicting what he called the "social view," that addressed the issues dominating public debate.
Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution focuses on the work of photographers in Cuba since 1959.
Priceless Children offers two different views of the American child at the turn of the twentieth century, juxtaposing Lewis Hine’s indignant photographs of working-class children with idealized images of middle- and upper-class children by Pictorialist photographers.
Born to a wealthy Jewish-American family, Diane Arbus (1923–1971) was raised in affluent surroundings in New York City. Unlike her famous brother, the poet Howard Nemerov, she never attended college. At age 18 she married the aspiring photographer and actor Allan Arbus, and during the next twenty years the couple worked as professional photographers for […]
John Wood (born 1922) has consistently challenged traditional photography, often incorporating painting, drawing, and collage as well as cliché verre, solarization, and offset lithography.