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1917North America • USA 
Paul Strand
Photograph - New York 
[Camera Work, no. 49/50, pl. 06] 
The photographs of Paul Strand are published in Camera Work, Number XLIX, Number L.
1917North America • USAAlfred Steiglitz publishes the last issue of Camera Work. During the years it was published (1903-1917) it was the most influential and well produced of any photographic magazine.
1917Europe • RussiaNarkompros (the 'People's Commissariat for Education') is founded and puts publishing, media and dissemination under State control.
1917Europe • Great Britain 
Alvin Langdon Coburn
Alvin Langdon Coburn takes his Vortograph photographs that are among the first that play with light and are intentionally abstract.
1918Europe • SwitzerlandChristian Schad starts making abstract photographs by placing objects directly on photographic paper and exposing it. Tristan Tzara, the founder of Dada, calls them Schadographs but they come under the general heading of photograms.
1921Asia • JapanFukuhara Shinzo, Kakefuda Isao and Otaguro Motoo put on the Art Photography Exhibition at the Shimeido Gallery and attack traditional art photography. (July 1921)
1921North America • USA 
Alvin Langdon Coburn
Alfred Stieglitz 
Alfred Stieglitz - An Exhibition of Photography by Alfred Steiglitz - 145 prints, over 128 of which have never been publicly shown, dating from 1886-1921 opens at the Anderson Galleries (Park Avenue and Fifty-ninth street, New York). It is an early retrospective of his work. (2 July 1921)
1922Europe • FranceMan Ray publishes Les Champs délicieux with an introduction by his friend Tristan Tzara. The book includes his Rayograms.
1923Europe • GermanyLászló Moholy-Nagy starts teaching a photography course at the Bauhaus which is a innovative center for graphic and product design.
1924Europe • GermanyThe expression Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) is used to describe neo-realist painters by Gustav Hartlaub (Director of the Mannhreim Kunsthalle). The term becomes applied to a group of photographers including Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966), August Sander (1876-1964) Helmar Lerski (1871-1956) and Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1952). Each of them publishes seminal photographic books in the 1920s and Germany becomes one of the leading countries for the integration of photographs into graphic design.
1925Europe • Germany 
László Moholy-Nagy
Book cover for Laszlo Moholy-Nagy "Malerei Photografie Film --Painting Photography Film. Bauhausbücher 8" (Munich: Albert Langen, 1925) 
László Moholy-Nagy publishes Malerei Fotografie Film - Bauhausbücher 8 (Munich: Albert Langen, 1925). This book embraces all the new ways in which photographs can be used and combined with typography for advertising and commercial applications.
1925Europe • GermanyLeica uses the 35mm still format that became the most widely used film standard
19251North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer/creator
Anatol Josepho 
Anatol Josepho a Siberian immigrant to America invents the Photobooth.
1926Europe • FranceAn uncredited photograph by Eugčne Atget is published in the Surrealist magazine La Révolution surréaliste (no. 7).
1926Europe • FranceA surrealist exhibition organized by Man Ray opens at the Galerie Surréaliste, 16 rue Jacques Callot, Paris. (26 March 1926)

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