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1951Europe • GermanyThe exhibition Subjektive Fotografie opens in Cologne.
1951Africa • Southern AfricaIn South Africa the magazine 'The African Drum is created by an Africaner (Robert Crisp) after a slow start it becomes The Drum and is culturally important throughout Africa for many years. (March 1951)
1952North America • USA 
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Book cover for "the Decisive Moment" (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952) 
Henri Cartier-Bresson publishes The Decisive Moment (New York: Simon and Schuster).
1952Europe • Switzerland 
Paul Strand
Book cover for Claude Roy & Paul Strand "La France de Profil" (Lausanne: Guilde du Livre, 1952) 
Paul Strand and Claude Roy publish La France de Profil
La France De Profil 
Paul Strand; & Claude Roy (Commentary)
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1952Europe • GreeceThe Greek Photographic Society (EFE) is founded.
1952North America • USAMinor White founds the influential photographic magazine Aperture.
1953Asia • French IndochinaRobert Capa is killed by a land mine whilst photographing in French Indochina. He had been the motivator behind the formation of the Magnum photo-agency.
1954North America • CanadaFirst issue of Sports Illustrated (Vol.1 No.1) and includes a photograph by Mark Kauffman of the mile race between Dr. Roger Bannister (England) and Michael Landy (Australia) in Vancouver when both men beat the four minute barrier. (16 August 1954)
1955North America • USA 
Roy DeCarava
Book cover for Roy DeCarava "The Sweet Flypaper of Life" Story by Langston Hughes. (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1955) 
Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes publish The Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life 
Roy DeCarava; & Langston Hughes (Photographer)
1955North America • USAEdward Steichen organizes The Family of Man Exhibition which was shown first at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York but tours to widespread acclaim and vast crowds. It includes 503 works by 273 photographers from 68 countries. 
Family of Man 
Edward Steichen
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1956Europe • France 
William Klein
Book cover for William Klein, New York, life is good & good for you in New York, (Paris: Le Seuil, 1956) 
William Klein publishes Life Is Good & Good for You in New York.
1956Europe • Netherlands 
Ed Van der Elsken
Book cover for André Deutsch & Ed van der Elsken "Love on the Left Bank" (Holland: Export printing office W. vonk, 1956) 
Ed Van der Elsken publishes Love on the Left Bank
Love on the Left Bank 
Van Der Elsken
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1956Europe • Czechoslovakia 
Josef Sudek
Book cover for "Lubomir Linhart: Josef Sudek Fotografie" (Prague, Statni Nakl.Krasne Literatury, Hudby a Umeni, 1956) 
Josef Sudek publishes Josef Sudek Fotografie.
1957North America • USA 
Russell Kirsch and colleagues (NIST)
Walden Kirsch, son of Russell Kirsch, the leader of the team that developed the image scanner. 
One of the earliest digital images created showing Walden Kirsch, baby son of Russell Kirsch, the leader of the team at National Bureau of Standards (NIST) that developed the image scanner.
1959North America • USA 
Richard Avedon
Book cover for Richard Avedon, Observations, With text by Truman Capote (Lucerne: Camera Verlag C. J. Bucher, 1959) [First German edition] 
Richard Avedon and Truman Capote publish Observations.
1959North America • USA 
Robert Frank
Front cover of "the Americans" (New York: Grove Press) 
Robert Frank publishes The Americans. A French edition published by Delpire had been released in 1958. 
The Americans 
Robert Frank; & Jack Kerouac
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1959North America • USAAaron Siskind publishes Photographs 
Aaron Siskind 100 
Aaron Siskind
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1959Europe • NetherlandsEd Van der Elsken publishes Jazz.
1960North America • USAIrving Penn publishes Moments Preserved.
1960Asia • JapanInejiro Asanuma (Chairman of Japan's Socialist Party) is assassinated in the Hibiya Hall in Tokyo by a right wing student. Yasushi Nagao, working for the Tokyo daily newspaper Mainichi photographs the stabbing. (12 October 1960)

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