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July 2010

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Engaged Observers

Black in White America

Issues in the Conservation of Photographs

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Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties
Brett Abbott
Engaged Observers

"A new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum celebrates the ability of still images to seize and command our attention, even in an era when digital video streams scream at us 24 hours a day."
Los Angeles Times

"[These photographers] were all masterful at breaking what was once considered the golden rule of journalistic photography - sacrificing the neutral approach and instead taking a firm position with which best to engage and move the viewer."
Vogue Italia

In the decades following World War II, an independently minded, critically engaged form of photography began to flourish. Situated between journalism and art, its practitioners created extended photographic essays that delve deeply into subjects and present distinct personal visions of the world. This volume looks in depth at projects by a selection of the most vital figures who have contributed to this documentary approach, including Susan Meiselas, Jones Griffith, Leonard Freed, Lauren Greenfield, and James Nachtwey. Passionately committed to their subjects, these photographers captured both meditative and searing images, from the Deep South in the civil rights era, to the war in Iraq, to American popular culture. Disseminated beyond traditional media outlets, their evocative bodies of work transcend the realm of traditional photojournalism.

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Black in White America
Leonard Freed
With a foreword by Brett Abbott
Black in White America

"Freed was... concerned with capturing the essence of an issue and a culture—a time and place. Somehow, even 40 years later, the photos still feel relevant."
NPR, The Picture Show

This facsimile edition of a powerful photo essay, first published in 1968, looks at African American life during the civil rights era. The son of Eastern-European Jews, Leonard Freed became interested in examining the cultural fabric of African American life after working as a freelance photographer in Berlin in the early 1960s and witnessing black soldiers protecting freedom abroad while their brothers and sisters were fighting for civil rights at home. He went on to become a pioneer in the genre of socially conscious photojournalism. Freed's photo essay presents a composite of the daily lives of black people in the north and south, on city streets, in housing projects, and in rural communities, living joyously, peacefully, and defiantly during the greatest social struggle of our times. Taken as a whole, this volume conveys human dignity in the midst of the struggle for racial equality.

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Issues in the Conservation of Photographs
Edited by Debra Hess Norris and Jennifer Jae Gutierrez

This volume is the first publication to chronicle the emergence and systematic development of photograph conservation as a profession. In seventy-two essential texts from the nineteenth century to the present day, this anthology collects key writings that have influenced both the philosophical and the practical aspects of conserving photographs. The materials were carefully selected by the editors with the assistance of an advisory board of international experts. These texts include some that have never been published—particularly the lectures, memos, and letters.

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Issues in the Conservation of Photographs

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In Focus: Alfred Stieglitz
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In Focus: Carleton Watkins
In Focus: Doris Ulmann
In Focus: Dorothea Lange
In Focus: Edward Weston
In Focus: Eugène Atget
In Focus: Hill and Adamson
In Focus: Julia Margaret Cameron
In Focus: László Moholy-Nagy
In Focus: Man Ray
In Focus: Manuel Alvarez Bravo
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In Focus: Weegee
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