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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UK Uncut Protester
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UKUncut held protests at Barclays Bank Market Street Manchester against their 1% tax rate paid on 2009 profits. The attention was turned on the Barclays Bank by the UKUncut organisation this time as it was revealed in the Guardian newspaper that the Bank had only paid an effective rate of 1% on its profits in 2009. This was achieved through a complex arrangement of offshore loans through tax havens. The protest pointed this out and reflected on the fact that at the same time the public were ha
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Submitted: Sunday, 27th February, 2011 19:52 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 19th February, 2011
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