The New York Times blog reports - ‘Trinagle Fire: A Frontier for Photojournalism’
…..But their efforts were aided immeasurably by the existence in 1911 of a growing photojournalism corps, ever-improving printing technology and a public hungry for images….
….“It’s certain that press coverage of the fire, and especially its gruesome aftermath, contributed to a movement to enact workplace safety laws,”….
Full article of press photography’s growth in American newspapers: The New York Times
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This project is currently mapping the photo agencies and photographers of Fleet Street, with a long term plan to map all press photo agencies throughout the world.Image requests: While research is ongoing the PPHP provides a daily service connect image license requests (of 'orphaned images') with image owners through our network of contacts at newspaper archives and commercial photo libraries.
Why is it important?: At the turn of the 20th century, there was vast growth in press agencies and photographers due to the massive thirst for images in newspapers. Many are still in existence but others have been sold, absorbed or simply disappeared, effectively leaving gaps in the history of this industry..
The Press Photo History Project is building a 'family tree' of the industry, which is helping to find the original owners of content. Eventually this would also provide an educational resource centred on the history of press photography. Starting with the Mapping of Fleet Street, this aims to include an index to photo agencies working in and around the 'street' and photographers memories of working lives.
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