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1889North America • USA 
George Barker
The Johnstown Calamity. Searching for bodies and clearing the wreck (Detail) 
The Johnstown Flood kills over 2,209 people in southwestern Pennsylvania when the South Fork Dam bursts. George Barker was one of those who photographed the aftermath. (31 May 1889)
1889Europe • ItalyFirst issue of the Bullettino della Società Fotografica Italiana and it continues until December 1914. (October 1889)
1889Europe • Great Britain 
Peter Henry Emerson
Book review for P.H. Emerson "Naturalistic Photography" (New York: E. & F. Spon) 
1889, 8 June
Peter Henry Emerson publishes Naturalistic Photography for students of the art. (London, Sampson Low & Co.) that proposes photography should go outside the confines of the studio to record the natural world in an artistic style. His work on the everyday life in the Norfolk Broads in eastern England clearly shows his approach.
1890North America • USA 
Jacob A. Riis
Book cover for Jacob August Riis "How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York" by Jacob A. Riis (Charles Schribners Publishers, 1890) 
Jacob Riis publishes How the Other Half Lives on the New York slums one of the first books of social commentary backed with photographic evidence. It includes seventeen halftone photographs and a further nineteen hand drawings based upon photographs. [Read about
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How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (Penguin Classics) 
Jacob A. Riis; & Luc Sante (Introduction)
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1890Europe • Great BritainPeter Henry Emerson publishes his bitter The death of Naturalistic Photography that argues that photography is a "very limited art" and repudiates his earlier work. [Read about]
1890North America • USAIllustrated American, the first picture magazine planned to use photographs, goes to press made possible by perfection of the halftone printing process.
Gabriel Lippmann
Professor Gabriel Lippmann introduces a color process but it never achieves popularity due to its complexity.
1892Europe • Great BritainGeorge Davison and Alfred Maskell found the Linked Ring Brotherhood in Great Britain. The fifteen original members are Bernard Alfieri, Tom Bright, Arthur Burchett (1875-1913), Henry Hay Cameron (1856-1911, son of Julia Margaret Cameron), Lyonel Clark, Francis Cobb, George Davison, Henry E. Davis, Alfred Horsley Hinton (1863-1906), Alfred Maskell, Henry Peach Robinson (1830-1901) and his son Ralph Winwood Robinson (1862-1942), Francis Seyton Scott, Henry Van der Weyde and William Willis (1841-1923). (27 May 1892) [Read about]
1893Europe • Great BritainThe Photographic Salon is the first show of the Linked Ring Brotherhood founded in Great Britain. (November 1893) [Read about]
1893Europe • GermanyThe first exhibition of photography held at the Hamburg Kunsthalle organized by the director Prof. Alfred Lichtwark.
1893Europe • Great BritainThe Stereoscopic Society is founded.
1893North America • USACornele B. Adams issued a patent for "Method of Photogrammetry" which used two aerial photographs of the same locality taken from a tethered balloon. (12 December 1893)
1894Europe • France 
Unidentified photographer/creator
Première Exposition d'Art Photographique: Paris 1894: Photo-Club De Paris 40, rue des Mathurins, 40 
[Photo-Club de Paris / 1894] 
The Photo-Club of Paris ('le Photo Club de Paris') holds its first exhibition Première exposition d'art photographique. (1 October 1894) [Read about
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1895Europe • France 
Lumière Brothers
MM. Auguste and Louis Lumiere in 1895 at the times of the beginning of the cinema and 40 years later in 1935, MM. Auguste and Louis Lumiere photographed in the same pose. 
[L'Illustration (No 4836, 93rd year), p.299 bis] 
1935, 9 November
The Lumière Brothers , Auguste (1862-1954) and Louis (1864-1948), hold the first public demonstration of moving pictures at the Grand Cafe on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris with their Cinematograph. (28 December 1895)
1895Europe • Germany 
Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen
X-ray picture of the hand of Alfred von Kolliker 
1896, 23 January
Professor Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen , Professor of Physics and Vice Chancellor of the University of Würzburg, discovers rays that pass through seemingly solid objects, these are later called x-rays. (8 November 1895) [Read about]
1895Europe • France 
R. Gayant
Le Rouet 
[Photo-Club de Paris / 1895, Pl. XXXI bis] 
The Photo-Club of Paris ('le Photo Club de Paris') holds its second exhibition Deuxième Exposition d'Art Photographique. [Read about
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1895Europe • UK 
Title page for "the Photographic Salon" London (1895) 
[The Photographic Salon - 1895 (London)] 
The Photographic Salon in London holds its third salon but it is the first where a deluxe publication is issued. Walter L. Colls, a master printer and member of The Linked Ring Brotherhood, prints the 20 photogravures. In October 1897 the first issue of Camera Notes is published by The New York Camera Club with Alfred Stieglitz as editor and it praises the portfolio as "one of which not only the Salon and Mr. Colls, but photography itself may be proud." 
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1896Europe • AustriaThe Clover Leaf ('Das Kleeblatt' or 'Trifolium') is founded in Vienna (Austria). [Read about]
1896Europe • France 
Edme Couty
Lithograph: from reduced lithographic mural poster (detail) 
[Photo-Club de Paris / 1896] 
The Photo-Club of Paris ('le Photo Club de Paris') holds its third exhibition Troisième Exposition d'Art Photographique. (12 May 1896) [Read about
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1897Europe • Great Britain 
John Collier
J.B. Stone, President of the Birmingham Photographic Society 
1895 (ca)
John Benjamin Stone founds the National Photographic Record Association to preserve the folklore and customs of England.

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