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1945Asia • Iwo Jima 
Joe Rosenthal
The flag raising on Iwo Jima 
1945, 23 Febuary (taken)
Joe Rosenthal takes the photograph of the Flag raising on Iwo Jima showing six marines putting up a large flag on Mount Suribachi. It quickly becomes one of the iconic American war photographs.
A feature film Flags of Our Fathers (2006) , directed by Clint Eastwood, retells the story. (23 February 1945) [Read about]
1945North America • USA 
Alfred Eisenstaedt
VJ Day in Times Square 
V-J Day ended the hostilities of the Second World War and was a time of celebrations for the Allies. The photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt catches the atmosphere of the occasion when anybody could kiss anybody and get away with it. The photograph is fascinating because of the numbers of people who claimed to be the sailor or the nurse involved to learn more about it go to (14 August 1945) [Read about]
1945Europe • Germany 
Yevgeny Khaldei
Soldiers raising the flag of Soviet Union on the roof of Reichstag building in Berlin 
1945, 2 May
Yevgeny Khaldei photographs the placing of a Soviet flag on the Reichstag in Berlin showing that the European phase of the Second World War is nearly over. (2 May 1945) [Read about
Witness to History: The Photographs of Yevgeny Khaldei 
Evgenii Khaldei; Alice Nakhimovsky (Contributor); Alexander Nakhimovsky; Alexander D. Nakimovsky; & Alice S. Nakimovsky
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1945North America • USALIFE in the USA runs the Holocaust photographs taken at Buchenwald in April 1945 by Lee Miller with the statement "Dead men will have indeed died in vain if live men refuse to look at them." (7 May 1945)
1945Asia • Japan 
Yosuke Yamahata
A-Bomb Terror in Nagasaki, Japan 
1945, 10 August
Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in Japan. (9 August 1945)
1946North America • USAAlfred Stieglitz dies. His role in placing photography amongst the arts and in influencing its direction in the late 19th century and in the first twenty years of the 20th is difficult to overstate.
1946Europe • Czechoslovakia 
Zdenek Tmej
Book cover for Zdenek Tmej, 1946, Abeceda: Dusevniho prßzdna [Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness] 
Zdenek Tmej publishes Abeceda: Duševního Prázdna [Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness]
1946North America • USAWright Morris publishes The Inhabitants.
1947North America • USA 
Robert Capa
Book cover for Robert Capa "Slightly Out of Focus" (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947) 
Robert Capa publishes Slightly Out of Focus
Slightly out of Focus 
Robert Capa
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1947North America • USA 
Edward Weston
Book cover for "Edward Weston: 50 Photographs" (New York: Duell Sloan & Pearce Publishers) 
Edward Weston publishes Fifty Photographs.
1947Europe • FranceThe Magnum photo agency is founded. 
Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History: The Story of the Legendary Photo Agency 
Russell Miller
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1948North America • USAEdwin Land introduces the Polaroid camera
1948North America • USA 
W. Eugene Smith
Country Dr. Ernest Ceriani wiping the eye of 2 1/2-year-old girl whose head he has just stitched up after she was kicked in the head by a horse, in emergency room at hospital. 
[Country Doctor] 
1948, 20 September
W. Eugene Smith publishes his photo-essay Country Doctor in LIFE magazine in the USA. (20 September 1948)
1948Europe • Denmark 
Keld Helmer-Petersen
Book cover for Keld Helmer-Petersen "122 Colour Photographs" (Copenhagen: Schoenberg, 1948) 
The Danish photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen self-publishes 122 Colour Photographs Copenhagen: Schoenberg, 1948) which embraces the Modernist style and the use of color. This is one of the first books to use color photography effectively.
1949Europe • France 
Robert Doisneau
Book cover for Robert Doisneau & Blaise Cendrars (text) "La Banlieue de Paris" (Paris: Pierre Seghers Editeur, 1949) 
Robert Doisneau and Blaise Cendrars publish La Banlieue de Paris.
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)
1951Europe • GermanyThe exhibition Subjektive Fotografie opens in Cologne.
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.

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