The Best Documentary Photographers Of The Last Century

Ellie Griffiths

Diane Arbus once said, ‘a photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.’ Documentary photography has always come with a great responsibility: capturing the true essence of reality. We uncover the best documentary photographers who have shared a secret from the past, for you to discover.

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Yevgeny Khaldei, ‘Soviet Soldiers Raising A Red Flag Over The Reichstag’,

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Nick Danziger, Glasgow, ‘Broken Fire Hydrant, Parkhead’, 1994

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Willy Ronis, ‘Skiers at Megeve’, 1938

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Edouard Boubat, ‘Café De Flore, Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, Paris’, 1953

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Herbert Ponting, ‘Cavern In An Iceberg’, 1910

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René Burri, ‘São Paulo’, 1960

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Robert Capa, ‘Allied Troops in Paris Attacking Germans Entrenched in Public Buildings’, 1944

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Robert Doisneau, ‘Les Lilas de Ménilmontant’, 1956

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Tatsuo Suzuki, ‘Shibuya’, Tokyo, 2013

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Neil Libbert, ‘Greyhound Station’, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1960

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Margaret Bourke-White, ‘Aerial View of aDevelopment Tract of Single Family Houses in Muncie, Indiana’, 1937

The Photographers 2015 Exhibition portrays the most important and iconic photographs from the history of the medium. The exhibition will run from 25 November – 23 December 2015, at both Osborne Samuel and Beetles + Huxley.
Osborne Samuel, 23A Bruton Street, London, UK, +44 207 493 7939 Beetles + Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, UK, +44 207 434 4319


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