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1975North America • USAStanley Forman (Boston Herald American) photographs nineteen year-old Diana Bryant and three-year-old Tiara Jones falling from a fire escape during an apartment fire. (22 July 1975)
1975North America • USA 
Lewis Baltz
West Wall, the Ted Pella Company, Space W 109, The Esplande V, 3001 Redhill, Costa Mesa 
[New Industrial Parks] 
The influential exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape curated by William Jenkins opens at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. The works of Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel Jr. all shifted the way that landscape photography is conceived to preserve and record the actual landscape of buildings, suburbs and urbanization rather than pristine views.
1975North America • USA 
W. Eugene Smith
Book cover for W. Eugene Smith and Aileen M. Smith "Minamata" (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975) 
W. Eugene Smith publishes Minamata
W. Eugene Smith (Photographer); Aileen M. Smith (Essay); & Jeanne C. Finley (Essay)
1976North America • USA 
William Eggleston
Book cover for "William Eggleston's Guide" by William Eggleston & John Szarkowski 
William Eggleston publishes William Eggleston's Guide
William Eggleston's Guide 
William Eggleston (Photographer); & John Szarkowski
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1976North America • USA 
Lee Friedlander
Book cover for Lee Friedlander, 1976, The American Monument, (New York: Eakins Press) 
Lee Friedlander publishes The American Monument
Lee Friedlander: American Monuments (The Archive 25) 
Lee Friedlander
1976North America • USA 
Susan Meiselas
Book cover for Susan Meiselas "Carnival Strippers", 2nd revised edition (Steidl, 2008) 
Susan Meiselas publishes Carnival Strippers
Carnival Strippers 
Susan Meiselas; Sylvia Wolf; & Deirdre English
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1976North America • USAThe Photographic Resource Center (PRC) opens at Boston University.
1976North America • USAWilliam Eggleston has a landmark show of his color photographs at MoMA. This events marks the curatorial acceptance of color photography as art in North America. Work by other color photographers including Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld increasingly gains recognition.
1977North America • USA 
Peter Hujar
Susan Sontag 
Susan Sontag publishes On Photography
On Photography 
Susan Sontag
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1977North America • USAGrant Romer organizes an exhibition of Contemporary Daguerreotypes at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. This initial exhibition is one of the key events that encourages the resurgence of experimentation into early photographic techniques and processes.
1977Europe • UKThe Magic Lantern Society of Great Britain is founded and shortens its name to The Magic Lantern Society in 1991.
1977Europe • UKThe Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain is formed by a group of collectors interested in meeting to discuss early equipment.
1977North America • USAMike Mandel and Larry Sultan publish Evidence
Larry Sultan; Mike Mandel; & Sandra Philips (Text)
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1979North America • USA 
Lisette Model
Book cover for "Lisette Model" (S.l. [New York], Aperture, 1979) 
Lisette Model publishes Lisette Model
Lisette Model 
Lisette Model; & Matt Mahurin
1979Europe • UKPeter Mitchell has the exhibition "A New Refutation of Viking 4 Space Mission" at the Impressions Gallery in York showing his color photographs of Leeds (UK). This is one of the first showings of color photography in a UK gallery.
1979Europe • SwedenThe Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation is established to promote research and academic teaching in the natural sciences and photography. The foundation also gives an awarding each year to "photographer recognized for major achievement".
Award winners: 1980 Lennart Nilsson, 1981 Ansel Adams, 1982 Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1984 Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1985 Irving Penn, 1986 Ernst Haas, 1987 Hiroshi Hamaya, 1988 Edouard Boubat, 1989 Sebastião Salgado, 1990 William Klein, 1991 Richard Avedon, 1992 Josef Koudelka, 1993 Sune Jonsson, 1994 Susan Meiselas, 1995 Robert Häusser, 1996 Robert Frank, 1997 Christer Strömholm, 1998 William Eggleston, 1999 Cindy Sherman, 2000 Boris Mikhailov, 2001 Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2002 Jeff Wall, 2003 Malick Sidibé, 2004 Bernd and Hilla Becher, 2005 Lee Friedlander, 2006 David Goldblatt, 2007 Nan Goldin.
1983North America • USALarry Clark publishes Teenage Lust.
1983North America • USAGilles Peress publishes Telex Iran
Telex: Iran: In the Name of Revolution 
Gilles Peress
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1983North America • USAThe Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) opens officially in San Diego's historic Balboa Park cultural complex with a 7,500 square-foot space (1 May 1983)
1984North America • USAThe Getty Museum on Los Angeles opens a photographic department with Weston Naef as the first curator. By the end of 1984, through the acquisition of a number of key collections (including those of Samuel Wagstaff, Volker Kahman/Georg Heusch and Bruno Bischofberger), the collection has grown to 25,000 prints, 1,500 daguerreotypes, 475 albums containing almost 40,000 photographs and about 30,000 stereographs and cartes-de-visite.

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