Golden Years 1920-1950

Years 1920-1950

In the Roaring Twenties news photography began an extravagant era of expansion. After the bloodiest war in history, the world had fled to private pursuits. A craving remained, however, for images of disaster and tragedy -- and something more: insights into the humdrum reality that most people were delighted to embrace. Photography responded with a huge boom in publication. Pictorial magazines and photographic journalism entered a period of creative magnificence.

The flood of picture taking brought profound changes to magazine illustration. Pictures assumed a narrative life of their own. Photographers were inspired by the analytical vision of abstract art and even...

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