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Berenice Abbott (1898–1991). One of the great urban photographers, Abbott apprenticed with Man Ray in Paris in the early 1920s and returned to the United States in 1929 with French photographer Atget’s photographs, looking for a publisher. Amazed by the skyscrapers, she stayed in New York City and began photographing buildings, people, streets, intersections, shopfronts, transportation, and neighborhoods in the 1930s in a dramatic, angular, cubistic style. Later went on to become science photographer.

Eddie Adams (1933–2007). Career in fashion and celebrity photography was a Marine Corps photographer during Korean War. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for Vietnam War photograph of the ad hoc execution of a Viet Cong soldier in streets of Saigon.

Robert Adams (b. 1937). Landscape photographer specializing in West, one of first to picture the intrusions of man-made buildings and infrastructure into the wilderness. He was part of the New Topographics exhibition in 1975.

Diane Arbus (1923–1971). Magazine photographer in 1950s and 1960s who featured stories of figures on the margins of society, in terms of gender, sexuality, and physical attributes. Arbus’s striking portraits, often in square format, brought empathy and insight to the lives she pictured.

Thomas Askew (c.1848–1914). Atlanta, Georgia, African American photographer who made virtually all of the images of Black middle-class brought to the 1900 Paris Exposition by W. E. B. DuBois. The Negro Exhibit won a gold medal.

Eugène Atget (1857–1927). Virtually unknown French photographer of sidewalks, monuments, and parks of Paris, until Berenice Abbott brought his work to the United States, where it was displayed and celebrated.

Richard Avedon (1923–2004). Had long career as premier fashion photographer of twentieth century, with additional major projects outside of fashion, most notably In the American West, featuring stark, sobering, and antiheroic close-up portraits of the Westerner.

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