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New Documents

Virginie Bobin

in Oxford Art Online


Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2087056

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Exhibition of 90 photographs by Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand, held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York from 28 February to 7 May 1967, before touring in the United States and in Canada. Organized by John Szarkowski (1925–2007), Director of the Department of Photography at MOMA, it introduced the work of a new generation of American photographers whose diverse styles and topics disrupted the tradition of documentary photography by driving it to more personal ends.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, photographers such as Dorothea Lange or Robert Capa conceived their images about the Great Depression or World War II as social and political tools. In contrast, the photographers featured in New Documents used handheld cameras and a spontaneous aesthetic to capture scenes of modern life without pathos or sentiment. Diane Arbus celebrated both the quotidian and the grotesque in humanity in a series of portraits, such as ...

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