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On the bowery, New York City
1912

Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Measurements
12.0 × 17.0 cm (image) 12.5 × 17.8 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
New York, New York, United States
Accession Number
PH11-1978
Department
International Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1978
Gallery location
Not on display
About

The belief in photography as a medium of truth was an underlying force in early social documentary photography. In the nineteenth century, activists, social reformers and lobbyists began to use the so called ‘unimpeachable eye’ of the camera to support and, in some instances, make the case for social change.