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1935North America • USAExhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery in New York of works by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans.
1935North America • USAKodachrome becomes the first color film widely available to amateurs. It is the invention of Leopold Godowsky and Leopold Mannes.
1935Europe • FranceThe mystery of the night is explored by Bill Brandt in his piece "Nuits parisiennes" in the Surrealist magazine Minotaure (no. 7).
1936Europe • Great Britain 
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Bill Brandt
The English at Home 
1936
Bill Brandt publishes The English at Home.
1936Europe • France 
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Hans Bellmer
Untitled 
[La Poupée] 
1935-1949
Hans Bellmer publishes La Poupée (Paris: G.L.M, 1936).
1936Europe • France 
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Georges Hugnet
Book cover for Georges Hugnet "La Septième Face du Dé" (Paris: Jeanne Bucher, 1936) 
1936
Georges Hugnet publishes La Septième Face du Dé (Paris: Jeanne Bucher, 1936).
1936Europe • Germany 
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Leni Riefenstahl
Erwin Huber war bester Europõer im Olympischen Zehnkampf [Erwin Huber was the leading European in the Olympic Decathlon.] 
1936
The Berlin Olympic Games is held and used as an immense propaganda opportunity by the Nazi party. Leni Riefenstahl photographs the athletes and her book, Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf, is published in 1937. 
  
Riefenstahl Olympia 
  
Leni Riefenstahl
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1936North America • USAKodachrome color film
1936North America • USA 
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Margaret Bourke-White
Life Magazine - Vol. 1 No. 1 
1936, 23 November
First issue of the influential photo magazine LIFE comes out in the USA. Its use of the extended photo essay has an influence on generations of photojournalists. (23 November 1936)
1936North America • USA 
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Arthur Rothstein
'Fleeing a dust storm'. Farmer Arthur Coble and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma 
1936
Arthur Rothstein takes a photograph for the Rural Resettlement Administration (later the FSA) of Fleeing a dust storm. Farmer Arthur Coble and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimmaron County, Oklahoma. It becomes one of the classic photographs of the Dust Bowl.
 
"The most interesting and dramatic thing to me was to show not the abandoned farms but the relation of the people to their environment: what effect it had on them, their reaction to it. The picture of the man and his two sons seemed to sum it all up."
1936Europe • Spain 
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Robert Capa
Death of a Republican Soldier, Spain, near Cerro Muriano, about September 5, 1936 
1936
Robert Capa takes his most famous photograph Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano during the Spanish Civil War. It becomes one of the seminal war images. (5 September 1936) 
  
Heart of Spain: Robert Capa's Photographs of the Spanish Civil War 
  
Robert Capa; Juan P. Fusi Aizpurua; Richard Whelan; Fusi Aizpurua; & Catherine Coleman
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1936Europe • GermanyAgfacolor color film is introduced.
1937North America • USAMargaret Bourke-White and Erskine Caldwell publish You Have Seen Their Faces
  
You Have Seen Their Faces 
  
Erskine Caldwell; Margaret Bourke-White (Photographer); & Alan Trachtenberg
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1937North America • USAThe New Bauhaus is founded in Chicago by László Moholy-Nagy and in the 1950s it is merged into the Illinois Institute of Technology. The institution follows the spirit and curriculum of the Bauhaus in Germany that was closed down in 1933 due to political pressure as the Nazis gained dominance. It has an important place in photography with Gyorgy Kepes, Nathan Lerner, Arthur Siegal, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callaghan teaching there.
1937North America • USAFirst issue of Popular Photography published (May 1937)
1937North America • USAThe retrospective exhibition Photography 1839-1937 opens in the spring at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and is the first comprehensive exhibition on the history of photography. The exhibition is organized by Beaumont Newhall and the catalogue Photography, 1839-1937 evolves into one of the standard histories of photography and greatly influences who has been included in the accepted history.
1937North America • USAEdward Weston receives the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship - the first awarded to a photographer.
1937North America • USA 
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Dorothea Lange
Human Erosion in California (Migrant Mother) [Nipomo, California] 
1936
As the USA is in the Great Depression of the 1930s the Farm Security Administration (FSA) is established by the Department of Agriculture. It employs many socially committed photographers to record the lives of everyday people. The archive they produce becomes one of the historical treasures of the USA. (September 1937) 
  
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1937Europe • Great BritainIn the UK the Mass Observation project is founded to record the everyday lives of common people in minute detail. It does not produce the volume of photographs of the FSA in the USA but Humphrey Spender takes 900 photographs for his Worktown project. 
  
Humphrey Spender's Humanist Landscapes: Photo-Documents, 1932-1942 
  
Humphrey Spender (Photographer)
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1937North America • USA 
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Charles Hoff
Hindenburg, Lakehurst 
1937
The airship Hindenburg explodes at Lake Hurst, New Jersey with the loss of 36 lives. Black and white shots are by taken most of the press photographers present including a sequence of three in rapid succession by Murray Becker (Associated Press). 35mm color Kodachrome photographs are taken by Gerry Sheedy (New York Sunday Mirror). (6 May 1937)

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