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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.
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
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.
1985North America • USAJim Goldberg publishes Rich and Poor.
1986North America • USA 
Nan Goldin
Book cover for Nan Goldin "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" (Aperture, 1986) 
Nan Goldin publishes The Ballad of Sexual Dependency that examines her own life through personal snapshots taken between 1971 and 1985 of her sexual partners, friends and acquaintances as they progress through a personal hell of drugs and sex. The book captures the essence of self-absorption in a surrounding world that doesn't care. 
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 
Nan Goldin; Marvin Heiferman; & Mark Holborn
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1986North America • USABruce Weber publishes O Rio de Janeiro.
1987North America • USABill Burke publishes I Want To Take Picture.
1987North America • USA 
Robert Mapplethorpe
Andy Warhol 
Andy Warhol dies following a gall bladder operation. He had never fully recovered from a gunshot he received in July 1968 from Valerie Solanis of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men). He remains one of the seminal figures of Pop Art and his conversion of the banal into art continues to influence photography. (27 February 1987)
1987North America • USAKarl Baden commences the Every day series in which he takes a stylistically similar self-portrait each day. (23 February 1987)
1988North America • USA 
Joel Sternfeld
Book cover for Joel Sternfeld "American Prospects" Introduction by Andy Grundberg. Afterword by Anne W. Tucker (Houston: the Museum of Fine Arts and Times Books, 1987) 
Joel Sternfeld publishes American Prospects
Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects 
Kerry Brougher; Andy Grundberg; Anne W. Tucker; & Katy Siegel
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1988North America • USAThe Daguerreian Society (3043 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216-2460, USA - is founded to promote the study of all aspects of Daguerreotypes.
1988North America • USAThe Piss Christ photograph of Andres Serrano encourages Senator Jesse Helms (Republican, North Carolina) to argue against federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
1989Europe • SpainJoan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera publish Fauna.

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