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The Birth of Documentary Photography: Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine: The Camera as a Tool for Social Cha

Presented by the Greater Stonegate Village:

Join Rollin Fraser of GSV as he discusses how the origins of documentary photography come from the basic human desire to capture and change our world. For decades, artists and storytellers have used the camera as a medium to evoke social change and document important events.

At the last decades of the 19th Century and the early decades of the 20th
Century, journalists began to see the camera as a tool for social change, using it to shed light on injustice, inequality, and the marginalized aspects of society. Reformers began to harness photography – still a relatively new technology – to further their various causes. Two of the best known and most talented photographers to lend their skills to social reform were Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine.

A Danish immigrant, Jacob Riis was a journalist who honed his photographic
skills depicting children and delinquent teens on the streets of New York’s lower east side while Lewis Hine, a Wisconsin born reformer, great cause, was child labor, particularly in the anthracite coal fields and inside New England and southern textile mills as well as immigrants arriving at Ellis Island.

Join GSV on February 15 at 4 PM on Zoom as we explore these two revolutionary
photographic journalists and their lasting impact on society.

Zoom information will be sent out the day before the event.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Amanda Gallagher
Village Events
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Washington Area Villages Exchange
P.O. Box 7464
Alexandria, VA 22307-0464