Part 1 research continued

Jacob Riis

His work made him feel that there was a need for his images to communicate the need for social reform. He was one the first photographers to use his images with the aim of gaining social change. Sadly it was only really after he died that his work gained great prominence when his negatives were found and subsequently displayed by the Museum the City of New York in 1947. The context for his work could be summed up simply as slum reform. His narrative was aimed at shocking the viewer, as the poor had usually been portrayed in a sympathetic manner. This image works well as a stand alone one, but fits neatly into his series entitled How The Other Half Lives.Riis

The above image was taken from International Centre of Photography (2017) Jacob Riis | International Centre of Photography, Available at: (Accessed: 22/03/2017).

Lewis Hine

he developed a wish to become and documentary and sociological photographer following a projet he was involved with about Ellis Island, in America. He became a photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. His context was showing things which needed to be corrected, his  narrative involved the photography of the people whom he felt needed help. His style was to  use his subjects in a way that they were photographed head on and posed for the camera usually with interesting facial expressions that give the impression something is missing, or may be even a tinge of anger and desperation.Hine

Image taken from The J. Paul Getty Museum (Not known) Lewis W. Hine | Getty Museum, Available at: 23/03/2017).

Bert Hardy

Interestingly he was self-taught and he became famous for his work with Picture Post, where he worked from 1941 until it closed in 1957. The context of his images was varied from people kissing in Piccadilly to many examples of conflict photography. His narrative though was usually hopeful and some feel “romantic”, despite some of the subject matter he was photographing.

Kurt Hutton

Worked at Picture Post, like Burt Hardy. He is probably best known for his work on the Blitz during the second World War. His work appears to contrast with that of Hine as Hutton’s images contains smiling people, have a humorous and  romantic narrative with natural non-posed, people in everyday contexts.


Image taken from Vintage Everyday (2012) vintage everyday , Available at: (Accessed: 23/03/2017).

George Rodger

You must feel an affinity for what you are photographing. You must be part of it, and yet remain sufficiently detached to see it objectively. Like watching from the audience a play you already know by heart.” Quote taken from Magnum Photos (2014) Magnum Photos Photographer Profile, Available at: (Accessed: 23/03/2017).
I am particularly interested in his work from Bergen-Belsen as I have an up and coming trip to Auschwitz. In saying that I am not going to show any images as I feel they may not be appropriate for viewing. Therefore I am acting as a censor due to the context and the narrative!




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