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Overview

The Photo League was a New York City–based organization of professional and amateur photographers.

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History

At the time of the Photo League’s founding, the United States was dealing with the economic, political, and social upheaval of the Great Depression.

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Photo League Predecessors

The Photo League’s socially oriented ethos and lineage can be traced back to the roots of the organization.

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The Red Scare and the Photo League

One of the most infamous chapters in this war of geopolitical tensions was the Red Scare of the late 1940s through the late 1950s.

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Artistic Legacy

The Photo League helped pioneer the idea that documentary photography should not only record “reality” but should also communicate a personal perspective.

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