The Family of Man?

 

“There is only one man in the world and his name is All Men. There is only one women in the world and her name is All Women. There is only one child in the world and the child’s name is All Children.” - Family of Man exhibition
 
Joe Rosenthal, Raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Context
 
1929 - 1941
Great Depression
 
 
1933
Hitler's Nazi Party seizes power - end of the German Weimar Republic

German troops stand at attention
during Nuremburg Rally in 1935

 
New Deal begins - program of government spending to end the Great Depression
 
 
1937
 
MOMA holds first exhibiton considering the history of photography organized by the museum's librarian, Beaumont Newhall.
 
1938
 
Walker Evans is first photographer to be given a solo show at MOMA
 
1939 - 1945
World War II

German Bombers during Battle of Britain

 
1940
 
MOMA establishes first department of photography at a major museum and the museum's librarian, Beaumont Newhall becomes the new department's first director
 
1941
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normandy Invasion

Robert Capa, Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944.

 

"If your pictures aren't good enough you're not close enough" - Robert Capa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Rosenthal, Raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Miller, War Correspondant, 1940s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Miller, British Women Welding, 1943.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe after WWII

'Savage Continent'

Lee Miller, Dachau, April 30, 1945. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miller Bathing in Hitler's Tub

David Scherman, Lee Miller Bathing in Hitler's Bath, April 30, 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Waldman, mushroom cloud resulting from explosion of Little Boy over Nagasaki, August 6, 1945.
Nagasaki before and after Fat Man nuclear bombing, August 9, 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 6, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan
Nuclear blast shadow, Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victim of Hiroshima nuclear bombing, 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1945
First use of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
 
Founding of United Nations
 
 
1947
U.S. introduces Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, Asia and the Soviet Union
Edward Steichen becomes MOMA's second department of photography director
Soviet forces refuse Marshall Plan funds when they determine they cannot control the terms of the aid

General MacArthur & Emperor Hirohito, 1945.

 
1950 - 1953
Korean War - America combats the global expansion of Communism with inconclusive results
 
1950 - 1957
"McCarthy Era" - Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses hundreds of Americans of being Communists while the leader of the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Senator Joseph McCarthy, 1954.

1952
1951
J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye
1954
William Golding's The Lord of the Flies
1955
The Family of Man Exhibition