Engaged Observers @ Getty Museum

Seit den 60-er Jahren gibt es den Begriff „sozial engagierte Fotografie“. Angesiedelt zwischen der Reportage und Kunst, ist der Fotograf hier mehr als nur neutraler Beobachter. Er bezieht Stellung, ist der engagierte Betrachter. Diesem Genre widmet nun das Getty Museum in Los Angeles eine Ausstellung mit spannenden Bildern. Sehen Sie selbst...

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© The Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation / Magnum Photos

"Limits of friendship. A Marine introduces a peasant girl to king-sized filter-tips. Of all the U.S. forces in Vietnam, it was the Marines that approached 'Civic Action' with gusto. From their barrage of handouts, one discovers that, in the month of January 1967 alone, they gave away to the Vietnamese 101,535 pounds of food, 4,810 pounds of soap, 14,662 books and magazines, 106 pounds of candy, 1,215 toys, and 1 midwifery kit. In the same month they gave the Vietnamese 530 free haircuts."

“This exhibition focuses on the tradition of socially engaged photographic essays since the 1960s,” explains Brett Abbott, associate curator of photographs and curator of the exhibition. “Working beyond traditional media outlets, these photographers have authored evocative bodies of work that transcend the realm of traditional photojournalism.”

Engaged Observers is structured around suites of photographs from the following projects: “Girl Culture” by Lauren Greenfield, “The Mennonites” by Larry Towell, “Streetwise” by Mary Ellen Mark, “Black in White America” by Leonard Freed, “Nicaragua, June 1978-July 1979” by Susan Meiselas, “Vietnam Inc.” by Philip Jones Griffiths, “The Sacrifice” by James Nachtwey, “Migrations: Humanity in Transition” by Sebastião Salgado, and “Minamata” by W. Eugene and Aileen M. Smith.

Getty Museum - Engaged Observers
(bis 14. November 2010)