Hipster, 1986 gelatin silver print by Igor Moukhin


Hipster, 1986 gelatin silver print by Igor Moukhin, is part of the Zimmerli exhibition Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography.

Peter Jacobs

American, European, and Soviet and post-Soviet Russian photographers have long used their cameras to educate, persuade, and effect social change. The work of some of the leading practitioners, from early 20th- century reformers to contemporary artists, is featured in Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography, at the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Among the photographers are Walker Evans, Larry Fink, Dorothea Lange, Igor Moukhin, Gordon Parks, Alexander Rodchenko, and Sebastião Salgado. The show, assembled from the Zimmerli’s collection as well as from loaned public and private collections, includes the published reports, journals, magazines, books, Instagram posts, and other documents that first brought these images to the public eye. Complementing the photography is the museum’s second ebook publication, The Public Image: Social Documentary Photography from the Collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum.

Subjective Objective remains on view at the Zimmerli until January 7, 2018. To learn more, visit zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.