Social Documentary

Collection slideshow

This part of the collection contains a range of documentary photo practices including war and street photography and photojournalism. There are examples by important documentary photographers including Gordon Parks, Mathew Brady, James Nachtwey, Lewis Hine, and Lee Friedlander.

Collection cards

Mike Disfarmer, American, 1884 - 1959
Homer, Laura, and Alton Jackson
February 26, 1940
2005.83.17
Malick Sidibé, Malian, 1936 - 2016
Babanco Club
negative 1964; print 2006
2006.82.1
Serge Hambourg, French, 1936 - 2019
Man with sign mounted on broom reading "For Sweeping away the Police State," during demonstration, May...
negative May 13, 1968; print 2006
2006.90.19
George A. Tice, American, born 1938
Two Amish Boys
negative 1962; print 1988
2010.84.136
Susan Meiselas, American, born 1948
Sandinistas at the walls of National Guard Headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua, from the project Nicaragua...
negative July 16, 1979; print 2012
2012.18.9
Chris Jordan, American, born 1963
Living Room Floor, Ninth Ward, from the series, In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural...
negative 2005; print 2012
2012.51.1
Pablo Delano, Puerto Rican, born 1954
Interior, Brechin Castle Sugar Factory, Trinidad, West Indies
2012
2013.40.2
Mathew B. Brady, American, 1823 - 1896
Colonel Silas M. Bailey and staff, 37th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (8th Pennsylvania Reserves)
about 1860s
2013.47.1
Sal Veder, American, born 1926
Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm is Greeted by his Family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California,...
negative March 17, 1973; print 2013
2014.10.1
Donna Ferrato, American, born 1949
Children Who Witness Abuse, Ernie + Brianna
1995
2014.105.10
Charles Moore, American, 1931 - 2010
"Demonstrators Seek Protection from the Assault by Firemen in Birmingham, Alabama"
negative 1963; print date unknown
2015.15.2
Gillian Laub, American, born 1975
Amber and Reggie, Mt. Vernon, Georgia, from the series Southern Rites
April 2011
2015.43.3
Jack Iwata, American, 1912 - 1992
Ishida Family at the Beach
about 1942-1945
2019.93.4
Marcelo Brodsky, Argentinian, born 1954
A RUA e Nossa
2014-2017
2021.2
Danny Lyon, American, born 1942
Uptown, Chicago, 1965
1965
2021.55.7
Larry Fink, American, born 1941
Norfolk, Connecticut, July 1978
1978
ph.2000.1.12
Dmitri Baltermants, Russian (born Soviet Union), 1912 - 1990
Cuban women in cinderblock structure
negative probably 1970; print 2003
ph.2003.56.246
Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874 - 1940
A Driver in a Coal Mine, West Virginia
negative September 1908, print about 1940
ph.2004.74.4
Jean Eugène Auguste Atget, French, 1857 - 1927
Faucheurs (Harvesters), Somme, number 18 of 20, from an untitled portfolio
negative about 1890-1898; published 1956
ph.963.158.18
Margaret Bourke-White, American, 1904 - 1971
The American Way
1937, print before 1971
ph.972.65
Les Krims (Leslie Robert Krims), American, born 1942
Young Girl Standing Next to an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, Rochester, New York,
1969
ph.978.148
Elliott Erwitt, American (born France), born 1928
Southern Charm/ Alabama, 1955; from the portfolio Photographs: Elliott Erwitt
nagative 1955; print 1977
ph.978.28.9
Édouard Boubat, French, 1923 - 1999
Femmes aux fleurs (Women with flowers), Portugal, 1958, number 6 of 15, from the portfolio Edouard Boubat
1958; published 1981
ph.982.30.6
Garry Winogrand, American, 1928 - 1984
Woman Dancing, number 8, from the portfolio Garry Winogrand
1980
ph.986.75.1.8