chapter  2
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Moments in Time

Modern history “How a photographer wraps that rectangular frame around a moment in

time can be powerful, or it can be a moment wasted.”1

The successes of Riis, Hine, and the Farm Security Administration

(FSA) photographers described in Chapter 1 firmly established the fact

that photographs were, and continue to be the most effective method of

communicating a verifiable truth about social injustice while evoking

an emotional response from the viewer. That emotional response

provokes action(s), putting pressure on those with the power to do

something. Photography retained its activist status throughout the late

1930s and 1940s because the photograph had no competition. In World

War II, news organizations and publications geared up to cover the war,

providing support and precious print space for the newer generation of

photographers. For example, Life magazine sent photographers to the

frontlines and even ran a photo school to train army photographers.2