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1937North America • USAThe retrospective exhibition Photography 1839-1937 opens in the spring at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and is the first comprehensive exhibition on the history of photography. The exhibition is organized by Beaumont Newhall and the catalogue Photography, 1839-1937 evolves into one of the standard histories of photography and greatly influences who has been included in the accepted history.
1937North America • USAFirst issue of Popular Photography published (May 1937)
1937North America • USAThe New Bauhaus is founded in Chicago by László Moholy-Nagy and in the 1950s it is merged into the Illinois Institute of Technology. The institution follows the spirit and curriculum of the Bauhaus in Germany that was closed down in 1933 due to political pressure as the Nazis gained dominance. It has an important place in photography with Gyorgy Kepes, Nathan Lerner, Arthur Siegal, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callaghan teaching there.
1938North America • USA 
Walker Evans
American Photographs 
Walker Evans publishes American Photographs
Walker Evans: American Photographs 
Lincoln Kirstein; & Walker Evans (Photographer)
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1938Europe • Great Britain 
Tom Hopkinson
Book cover for Tom Hopkinson (ed.), 1970, Picture Post 1938-50, (Harmondsworth: Penguin) 
Stephan Lorant founds the photographically illustrated Picture Post in the UK. The first issue comes out on 1 October 1938 (1 October 1938)
1939North America • USA 
Berenice Abbott
Changing New York 
Berenice Abbott publishes Changing New York
Berenice Abbott: Changing New York 
Bonnie Yochelson; & Berenice Abbott
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1939North America • USA 
Dorothea Lange
Book cover for Dorothea Lange "An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. Text by Paul Taylor" (New York: Reynald Hitchcock, 1939) 
Dorothea Lange publishes An American Exodus with text by Paul Schuster Taylor (New York: Reynald Hitchcock, 1939).
1939North America • USARetrospective of the documentary photography of Lewis Hine (1905 to 1938) at the Riverside Museum, N.Y. City (now the Nicholas Roerich Museum) organized by Elizabeth McCausland, Beaumont Newhall and Berenice Abbott with sponsors including Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Willard and Barbara Morgan. (January 1939)

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