IMPACT! The Photo League and Its Legacy
IMPACT! The Photo League and Its Legacy presents 25 black and white photographs by master photographers associated with league, a cooperative of both amateur and professional photographers founded in 1936. The intent of the League was twofold: instruction on the art of photography, and a mission to put cameras in the hands of honest photographers with an intention to photograph America. The advisers, teachers, and students shared a commitment to social realism, specifically with the aim to produce visual images of working-class life. From its beginning to its untimely closure in 1951, the league boasted almost 250 members, including Arthur Rothstein, Aaron Siskind, and Godfrey Frankel, as well as hosted a number of teachers, board of advisers, and special lecturers such as Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, and Lewis Hine.