Museum Home Past Exhibitions Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties

June 29–November 14, 2010 at the Getty Center


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Film Screening and Discussion

Pictures from a Revolution
In the film Pictures of a Revolution (1991) photographer Susan Meiselas, who covered the Nicaraguan revolution in the 1980s, returns to track down the people pictured in her photographs. Following a screening of the film, Meiselas chats with journalist Alma Guillermoprieto.

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Film Series

Witnesses in Action: A Documentary Film Series
This documentary film series explores the moving image as another mode of critically engaged observation, with probing films that investigate war, globalization, and youth culture.

Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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Manufactured Landscapes (2007)
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

Burma VJ (2009)
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Kids and Money (2008) A special presentation and Q&A with Director Lauren Greenfield follows the film screening.
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 1:00 p.m.

Streetwise (1984)
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

Restrepo (2010)
Q&A with director Tim Hetherington follows the screening.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

War Photographer (2001)
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

Doffer Boys, Macon, Georgia / Hine


Point of View: Artist's Talk
Larry Towell, an award-winning photographer, poet, and folk musician whose picture essays have been published in the New York Times, Life, Rolling Stone, and other magazines, explores the exhibition. Towell's striking photographs of the Mennonite community are featured in the exhibition. Sign-up begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum Information Desk. Free; no reservations required.

Saturday, September 25, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Curator's Gallery Talk
Brett Abbott, associate curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required.

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

GettyGuide™ Audio Player

Words like "documentary" and "journalism" only begin to describe the evocative, personal projects of these nine photographers. Hear from Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Larry Towell, and Lauren Greenfield, as well as the show's curator. Pick up an audio player in the Museum Entrance Hall for $5.