Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties


The Sacrifice (detail) copyright by James Natchwey


"Rat" and Mike with a gun, Seattle copyright by Mary Ellen Mark


 This exhibition will be at the Getty Center Museum from June 19 through November 14, 2010.

In the decades following World War II, an independently minded and critically engaged form of photography began to gather momentum. Its practitioners have combined their skills as artists and reporters, creating extended photographic essays that delve deeply into topics of social concern and present distinct personal visions of the world.

Engaged Observers looks in depth at projects by a selection of the most vital photographers who have contributed to the development of this approach. Passionately committed to their subjects, they have authored evocative bodies of work that are often published extensively as books and transcend the realm of traditional photojournalism.

Works in this exhibition are from photographers Philip Jones Griffiths, Leonard Freed, W. Eugene Smith and Aileen M. Smith, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark, Lauren Greenfield, Larry Towell, Sabastiao Salgado, and James Natchwey.

By Jim McKinniss

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