Engaged Observers at the Getty

Photo Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark

The Getty Museum is one of the most awesome locations in LA, but it’s more heralded for the architecture and views than the collections, truth be told. But the current exhibit,  “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties,” makes a trip there definitely worth the while. Featured photographers include titans of the genre — Philip Jones Griffiths, Leonard Freed, W. Eugene and Aileen M. Smith, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark (an all-time favorite), Lauren Greenfield, Larry Towell, Sebastião Salgado and James Nachtwey.

From Brett Abbott, associate curator of photography at the Getty, in an interview with the Stockland Martel blog:

While certainly not comprehensive, the final group of nine essays is meant to be diverse (in subject matter, approach, medium, and date) so as to map the boundaries, developments, and goals of the tradition over the course of about 50 years.

The exhibit runs until November 14, 2010.

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