This ambitious exhibition, which brought together hundreds of images by photographers working around the world, was a forthright declaration of global solidarity in the decade following World War II. Organized by noted photographer and director of MoMA’s Department of Photography Edward Steichen, the exhibition took the form of a photo essay celebrating the universal aspects of the human experience. Steichen had invited photographers to submit photographs for consideration, explaining that his aim was to capture “the gamut of life from birth to death”—a task for which, he argued, photography was uniquely suited. The exhibition toured the world for eight years, attracting more than 9 million visitors.
Ansel AdamsAmerican, 1902–198448 exhibitions, 107 works online
Jerry CookeAmerican, born Russia. 1922–20055 exhibitions
Manuel Álvarez BravoMexican, 1902–200230 exhibitions, 51 works online
Herbert ListGerman, 1903–19752 exhibitions, 2 works online
Ihei KimuraJapanese, 1901–19742 exhibitions, 2 works online
- There are 252 artists in this exhibition online.