Documentary Photography Timeline

Events

Frst Social Documentary photographs

1843

David Octavious Hill creates the first Social Documentary photographs

Civil War

1861 - 1865

Oscar Barnack develops a camera uses 35mm film

1914

World War I

1914 - 1918

Development of the first commercial 35mm Leica camera

1924

Rollei markets the twin lens rolleiflex camrea

1928

Great Depression

1930 - 1940

World War II

1939 - 1945

Cold War

1945 - 1991

Edwin Land invents the first polaroid camera

1947

First medium format SLR camera available to public

1949

Korean War

1950 - 1953

Vietnam War

1955 - 1975

Kordak builds the first working CCD based digital stills camera

1975

Kodal introduce the photo CD

1992

Famous Photographer and Their Work

"View from a Window at Le Gras" by Nicéphore Niépce

1826

The Oldest Surviving Documentary photograph
Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833)

"Boulevard du Temple" Daguerre(1765-1833),

1838

First Photo to capture a person
Daguerre (1765-1833)

"Illustrious Americans" by Mathew Brady

1850

A portrait collection of prominent contemporary figures.
Mathew Brady (1822-96)
Photographed the American Civil War.

"Inscription Rock" Timothy H. O'Sullivan

1873

Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882)
Pioneer wilderness photographer of the American West.

"Street Life in London" John Thomson

1877

John Thomson (1837-1921)
Pioneer social photographer noted for "Street Life in London" (1877).

"Lone Star Geyser" William Henry Jackson

1878

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942)
Influential landscape photographer notably of Wyoming and the Yellowstone region.

"How The Other Half Lives" Jacob Riis

1890

Jacob Riis (1849-1914)
Famous for his pioneering social documentary photographs of New York slums, especially his series "How The Other Half Lives".

"Marchand de paniers " Eugène Atget

1899

Eugène Atget (1857-1917
Noted for his archive of shots taken of buildings in Paris.

"Adolescent Girl, a Spinner, in a Carolina Cotton Mill" Lewis W. Hine

1908

Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940)
Dcumented the presence of child labour in the US in 1908 and this image from Lancaster, South Carolina provided proof of the poor conditions the children were working in.

"Recalcitrance" Roman Vishniac

1926

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990)
Jewish-American photographer who catalogued Jewish life before World War II.

"Criss-Crossed Conveyors" Charles Sheeler

1927

Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)
Precisionist painter noted for photographing the Ford Motor company car plant in Michigan.

"The Tetons and the Snake River" Ansel Adams

1942

Ansel Adams (1902-84)
Famous for his 'wilderness photography of the American West.

"The Americans" Robert Frank (b.1924)

1959

Renowned for his series entitled "The Americans" (1959)

"The Child of Chikuho" Ken Domon

1960

Ken Domon (1909-90)
Renowned for his photos of survivors of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and child poverty in the coal-mining community in Chikuho, Kyushu.

"Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park"

1962

Diane Arbus (1923–1971)
Notorious for her photos of freaks.

"English Operation Prairie" Larry Burrows

1966

Larry Burrows (1926-71)
Photojournalist for LIFE magazine noted for photo-essays on the Vietnam war.

"Homeless Irishman" Don McCullin

1970

Don McCullin (b.1935)
Highly respected photographer of individuals caught up in war zones.

"The Hug" Nan Goldin

1980

Nan Goldin (b.1953)
Feminist photographer noted for her ground-breaking work among minority social groups.

"Afghan Girl" Steve McCurry

1984

Steve McCurry (b.1950)
Best known as a National Geographic photo artist.

"Yangtze – The Long River" Nadav Kander

2006

Nadav Kander (b.1961)
Best known for his blunt series of photos of the Yangste River, in China.