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1934Europe • Portugal 
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Book cover for "Portugal 1934" (Lisbon, Edited by S.P.N. - Secretariado Nacional de Propaganda, 1934) 
1934
"Portugal 1934" is published as the official propaganda book for the Estado Novo, the right-wing regime inaugurated by Salazar in 1933. It uses photomontage as a propaganda tool. 
  
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1934Europe • FranceExploring the primitive and the unconsciuous mind as expressed through graffiti Bill Brandt publishes a selection of photographs in the article "Du mur des cavernes au mur d'usine" in the Surrealist magazine Minotaure (no. 3-4). (December 1934)
1934Europe • Germany 
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Hans Bellmer
La Poupée 
1934 (ca)
Hans Bellmer includes ten of his unsettling black and white photographs of his first doll in Die Puppe (Karlsruhe, Privately published and anonymous)
1934Europe • FranceMan Ray publishes Man Ray Photographies 1920-1934.
1935North America • USA 
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Unidentified photographer
Dust Storm in Rolla, Kansas; - 05/06/35; Dear Mr. Roosevelt, Darkness came when it hit us. Picture taken from water tower one hundred feet high. Yours Truly, Chas. P. Williams. - Photo: Massive Dark cloud approaching village in forefront. 
1935, 14 April
Works Progress Administration (WPA) is launched to address some of the social upheavals of the Great Depression and the destruction of the central states by the dust storms.
1935Europe • Russia 
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El Lissitzky
Book cover for El Lissitzky "Industriia Sotsializma -- Socialist Industry. Edited by B.M. Tal." (Moscow: IZOGIZ, 1935) 
1935
El Lissitzky publishes Industriia Sotsializma Edited by B.M. Tal. (Moscow: IZOGIZ, 1935)
1935Europe • France 
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Man Ray
Book cover for Man Ray Facile -- Easy. Text by Paul Eluard, (Paris: GLM, 1935) 
1935
Man Ray and Paul Éluard publish Facile. (Paris: GLM, 1935)
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 • 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.
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."
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)
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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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 • France 
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Hans Bellmer
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[La Poupée] 
1935-1949
Hans Bellmer publishes La Poupée (Paris: G.L.M, 1936).
1936Europe • Great Britain 
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Bill Brandt
The English at Home 
1936
Bill Brandt publishes The English at Home.
1936North America • USAKodachrome color film
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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