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1960Asia • JapanInejiro Asanuma (Chairman of Japan's Socialist Party) is assassinated in the Hibiya Hall in Tokyo by a right wing student. Yasushi Nagao, working for the Tokyo daily newspaper Mainichi photographs the stabbing. (12 October 1960)
1960North America • USAIrving Penn publishes Moments Preserved.
1961Europe • Great Britain 
Bill Brandt
Book cover for "Perspective of Nudes" (London: the Bodley Head) 
Bill Brandt publishes Perspective of Nudes.
1962North America • USA 
Frederick Sommer
Book cover for Frederick Sommer, 1962, Frederick Sommer 1939-1962 Photographs, (New York: Aperture) 
Frederick Sommer publishes Frederick Sommer 1939-1962 Photographs
1963Asia • Japan 
Eikoh Hosoe
Book cover for Eikoh Hosoe "Ba-Ra-Kei [Killed by Roses]" (Tokyo, Shuei-sha, 1963) 
Eikoh Hosoe and the novelist Yukio Mishima publish Killed by Roses. The ardent nationalist Mishima commits suicide by seppuku on 25 November 1970.
1963Asia • VietnamThich Quang Doc, a Buddhist priest, burns himself to death as a protest over religious freedom on a street in Saigon. Malcolm Browne (AP) photographs the protest. (11 June 1963)
1963North America • USAJack Ruby assassinates Lee Harvey Oswald - the supposed killer of President John F. Kennedy who had died two days earlier. Robert Jackson (Dallas Times-Herald) photographs the exact moment of the shooting and is awarded the 1964 Pulitzer Prize. (24 November 1963)
1964North America • USA 
Harry Callahan
Book cover for "Photographs: Harry Callahan" (Santa Barbara, California: El Mochuelo Gallery, 1964) 
Harry Callahan publishes Photographs.
1965Asia • JapanKikuji Kawada publishes The Map.
1965Europe • Great BritainHelmut Gernsheim & Alison Gernsheim publish A Concise History of Photography with the first edition published by Thames and Hudson in the UK and Grosset & Dunlap in the USA.
1965North America • USA 
Helen Levitt
Book cover for Helen Levitt "A Way of Seeing. Text by James Agee" (New York: the Viking Press, 1965) 
Helen Levitt publishes A Way of Seeing
A Way of Seeing 
Helen Levitt
1965North America • USAEmmet Gowin publishes Concerning America and Alfred Stieglitz, and Myself.
1965North America • USA 
Peter Beard
Book cover for Peter Beard, 1965, The End of the Game: The Old Africa and the New, (New York: The Viking Press) 
Peter Hill Beard publishes The End of the Game which uses a scrapbook style linking his photographs to the destruction of African wildlife.
1966North America • USA 
Walker Evans
Book cover for Walker Evans & James Agee (introduction), 1966, Many Are Called, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin) 
Walker Evans publishes Many Are Called which includes his subway portraits taken with a concealed camera. 
Many Are Called 
Walker Evans (Photographer)
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1966North America • USAA meeting is held in the home of Willis Stockdale to found the Antique Photographic Society of Rochester. In May 1968 it changes its name to The Photographic Historical Society which is still active. (14 January 1966)
1966North America • USA 
Edward Ruscha
Book cover for Ed Ruscha "Every Building on the Sunset Strip" (Hollywood: Self-published, Printed by Cinema Center Printing Co., [1971) 
Edward Ruscha publishes Every Building on the Sunset Strip.
1967North America • USAThe New Documents exhibition at MoMA in New York shows the works of Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand. The curator John Szarkowski selected three photographers who were more edgy that those previously shown. The show was a conscious break from the old masters of photography and the rather sentimental humanist approach that had developed with the 1955 Family of Man exhibition also held in MoMA.
1967North America • USA 
Ugo Mulas
Book cover for Ugo Mulas "New York: the New Art Scene. Text by Alan Solomon" (New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1967) 
Ugo Mulas publishes New York: The New Art Scene.
1967North America • USAAndy Warhol publishes Andy Warhol's Index (Book)
1968Europe • Czechoslovakia 
Josef Koudelka
Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague 
[Invasion 68 Prague] 
1968, August
Tanks from the Warsaw Pact invade Prague to crush a short-lived period of political freedom in Czechoslovakia - the Prague Spring. Josef Koudelka documents the invasion and the photographs are widely published in the West although the name of the photographer is not given. In 1969 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was awarded anonymously but it was not until sixteen years later that the identity of the photographer is acknowledged. On the fortieth anniversary of the invasion in 2008 Aperture publishes the book Invasion 68: Prague containing two hundred and fifty of the photographs Koudelka took. (21 August 1968)

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