By Ken Light
"Everything on the earth needs to be proven and folks world wide should have an idea of what is taking place to the opposite humans all over the world. i feel this can be a functionality of the vector that the documentary photographer should have, to teach one person's lifestyles to another."—Sebastião Salgado
Illustrated with a compelling snapshot from each one photographer, Witness in Our Time strains the hot heritage of social documentary images within the phrases of 22 of the genre's top photographers, editors, and curators, exhibiting that the career is still important, leading edge, and devoted to social switch. that includes interviews with Hansel Mieth, Walter Rosenblum, Michelle Vignes, Wayne Miller, Peter Magubane, Matt Herron, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, Earl Dotter, Eugene Richards, Susan Meiselas, Sebastião Salgado, Graciela Iturbide, Antonin Kratochvil, Donna Ferrato, Joseph Rodriguez, Dayanita Singh, Fazal Sheikh, Gifford Hampshire, Peter Howe, Colin Jacobson, and Ann Wilkes Tucker
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