Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America 1890-1950
ISBN 10: 0521324416 / 0-521-32441-6
ISBN 13: 9780521324410
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 1989
The documentary style that dominates American photography had its origins in the social reform publicity campaigns of the turn of the century. This book traces the history of this genre and its main participants, including Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Russell Lee.
'... Symbols of Ideal Life is an important contribution to our understanding of the evolution of the documentary style in photography.' Art Journal
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