Category: Photography in History

“Photographing the Twentieth Century City: Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott”, by Rick Halpern

Now widely regarded as one of the pioneers of documentary photography, the Frenchman Eugène Atgetlanguished in obscurity for most of

“Municipal Photography and the Twentieth Century City: Toronto, Ontario”, by Rick Halpern

Photography and the twentieth century city grew to maturity together.  Put another way, “modernity” came to be defined by urban

“Fordism and the Golden Age of Industrial Photography in America”, by Rick Halpern

The 1920s and 1930s were a remarkable period for heavy industry in the United States.  Mass production of goods such

“Photography, Anthropology, and the American Colonial Endeavor in the Philippines”, by Rick Halpern

My last column explored the way in which photography played a role in documenting and interpreting the American West at

“Photography and the New American Empire”, by Rick Halpern

The decade that ended the nineteenth century was a formative period in the history of US empire.  Two crucial developments,

“The Birth of Documentary Photography: Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine”, by Rick Halpern

My last column exploring the heyday of American documentary photography in the Depression era raises an interesting question:  what were

“Beyond Dorothea Lange: Farm Security Administration Photographers Document the Great Depression”, by Rick Halpern

The 1930s were a formative period for documentary photography in the United States.  The twin phenomena of the Great Depression

“Alfred Stieglitz and the Making of Modern Photography”, by Rick Halpern

Most readers have at least a passing familiarity with Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), the early twentieth-century photographer and impresario, but it