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1921North America • USA 
Alvin Langdon Coburn
Alfred Stieglitz 
Alfred Stieglitz - An Exhibition of Photography by Alfred Steiglitz - 145 prints, over 128 of which have never been publicly shown, dating from 1886-1921 opens at the Anderson Galleries (Park Avenue and Fifty-ninth street, New York). It is an early retrospective of his work. (2 July 1921)
1921Asia • JapanFukuhara Shinzo, Kakefuda Isao and Otaguro Motoo put on the Art Photography Exhibition at the Shimeido Gallery and attack traditional art photography. (July 1921)
1922Europe • FranceMan Ray publishes Les Champs délicieux with an introduction by his friend Tristan Tzara. The book includes his Rayograms.
1923Europe • GermanyLászló Moholy-Nagy starts teaching a photography course at the Bauhaus which is a innovative center for graphic and product design.
1924Europe • GermanyThe expression Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) is used to describe neo-realist painters by Gustav Hartlaub (Director of the Mannhreim Kunsthalle). The term becomes applied to a group of photographers including Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966), August Sander (1876-1964) Helmar Lerski (1871-1956) and Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1952). Each of them publishes seminal photographic books in the 1920s and Germany becomes one of the leading countries for the integration of photographs into graphic design.
1925Europe • Germany 
László Moholy-Nagy
Book cover for Laszlo Moholy-Nagy "Malerei Photografie Film --Painting Photography Film. Bauhausbücher 8" (Munich: Albert Langen, 1925) 
László Moholy-Nagy publishes Malerei Fotografie Film - Bauhausbücher 8 (Munich: Albert Langen, 1925). This book embraces all the new ways in which photographs can be used and combined with typography for advertising and commercial applications.
1925Europe • GermanyLeica uses the 35mm still format that became the most widely used film standard
1925North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer/creator
Anatol Josepho 
Anatol Josepho a Siberian immigrant to America invents the Photobooth.
1926Europe • FranceAn uncredited photograph by Eugčne Atget is published in the Surrealist magazine La Révolution surréaliste (no. 7).
1926Europe • FranceA surrealist exhibition organized by Man Ray opens at the Galerie Surréaliste, 16 rue Jacques Callot, Paris. (26 March 1926)
Germaine Krull
Book cover for Germaine Krull "Métal. Introduction by Florent Fels" (Paris: Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, 1928) 
Germaine Krull publishes Métal with an introduction by Florent Fels" (Paris: Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, 1928)
1927North America • CanadaThe first exhibition of Pictorial photography is held in Vancouver (B.C.).
1927Europe • UKViolet K. Blaiklock (?-1961) and Agnes Beatrice Warburg, UK, (1872-1953) co-found the Colour Group of The Royal Photographic Society (UK). Prior to this they had experimented with many different forms of color photography, inventing the Warburytype.
1928Europe • Germany 
Karl Blossfeldt
Cornus florida. Box-wood of N. America, Flowering Dogwood. Shoots enlarged 3 times. 
[Urformen der Kunst / Art Forms in Nature, Pl. 18] 
1929 (2nd edition)
Karl Blossfeldt publishes Urformen der Kunst
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1928Europe • Germany 
Albert Renger-Patzsch
Book cover for "Die Welt ist Schön -- the World is Beautiful" (Munich: Kurt Wolff, 1928) 
Albert Renger-Patzsch publishes Die Welt ist Schön (Munich: Kurt Wolff, 1928)
1928North America • USA 
Tom Howard
Execution of Ruth Synder 
The execution of Ruth Synder by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison is secretly photographed by Tom Howard and is published in an extra edition of the Daily News: New York‘s Picture Newspaper. (12 January 1928)
1929North America • USAThe St. Valentine's Day Massacre takes place in Chicago and the bloody remains are photographed by numerous news photographers. (14 February 1929)
1929Europe • France 
Eli Lotar
Untitled (Head of Slaughtered Calf) 
1929 (ca)
Photographs of the slaughterhouses at La Villette in Paris by Eli Lotar are published in the Surrealist publication Documents, (issue 6).
1929Europe • France 
Man Ray
Seated Nude 
Man Ray and Lee Miller rediscover the Sabattier effect and call it solarization. They start to use it for artistic photographs.
1929North America • USA 
Edward Steichen
Book cover for Edward Steichen "Steichen. the Photographer. Text by Carl Sandburg" (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1929) 
Edward Steichen publishes Steichen The Photographer with text by Carl Sandburg (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1929).

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