Social Documentary Photography

Challenge #6 in the Great Movements in Photography series. Hosted by Mark Scott Abeln.
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The world can be a brutal place. Perhaps worse than natural disaster is man's cruelty or indifference to his fellow man. Social documentary photography is a compassionate view of the injustice in the world. The movement started in the 19th century, when cities -- and poverty -- grew at an alarming rate. This was documented by photographers including Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. During the Great Depression, the U.S. Farm Security Administration hired photographers to document farmers hit hard by the Dust Bowl and the collapse in commodity prices. FSA photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Gordon Parks showed the plight of the socially distressed. More recent social documentary photographers include Don McCullin and Manuel Rivera-Ortiz.
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After working for 35 years as a turner, Mr. Lygourgos spends his time -with his also jobless colleagues- during the usual working hours in his empty workshop, not knowing where else to go. The economic crisis in Greece has left this skilled mechanic jobless, at his mid fifties. Behind him, just a few weeks ago, stood a big operative lathe, which is been sold for scrap. Now, cotton waste and other leftover materials signify the absense of the workshop's "heart".
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Submitted: Saturday, 26th February, 2011 10:57 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 16th November, 2010
Focal length: 16 mm
Shutter speed: 1/10 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 400
Notes: Hand held with minimal ISO increase for better image quality.
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