David Octavious Hill creates the first Social Documentary photographs
The Oldest Surviving Documentary photograph
Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833)
First Photo to capture a person
A portrait collection of prominent contemporary figures.
Mathew Brady (1822-96)
Photographed the American Civil War.
Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882)
Pioneer wilderness photographer of the American West.
John Thomson (1837-1921)
Pioneer social photographer noted for "Street Life in London" (1877).
William Henry Jackson (1843-1942)
Influential landscape photographer notably of Wyoming and the Yellowstone region.
Jacob Riis (1849-1914)
Famous for his pioneering social documentary photographs of New York slums, especially his series "How The Other Half Lives".
Eugène Atget (1857-1917
Noted for his archive of shots taken of buildings in Paris.
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.
Roman Vishniac (1897-1990)
Jewish-American photographer who catalogued Jewish life before World War II.
Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)
Precisionist painter noted for photographing the Ford Motor company car plant in Michigan.
Ansel Adams (1902-84)
Famous for his 'wilderness photography of the American West.
Renowned for his series entitled "The Americans" (1959)
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.
Diane Arbus (1923–1971)
Notorious for her photos of freaks.
Larry Burrows (1926-71)
Photojournalist for LIFE magazine noted for photo-essays on the Vietnam war.
Don McCullin (b.1935)
Highly respected photographer of individuals caught up in war zones.
Nan Goldin (b.1953)
Feminist photographer noted for her ground-breaking work among minority social groups.
Steve McCurry (b.1950)
Best known as a National Geographic photo artist.
Nadav Kander (b.1961)
Best known for his blunt series of photos of the Yangste River, in China.