The first photograph photomechanically reproduced in an American newspaper appeared in the Daily Graphic on March 4, 1880. It was not until 1919, with the launching of New York's Illustrated Daily News, that American newspapers began to feature photographs routinely.
The Prints & Photographs Division's collections provide an opportunity to examine photojournalism by, for, and featuring women through several stages of the development of the field, from the news photos issued by George Grantham Bain (sometimes referred to as the “father of news photography”) to the political and lifestyle documentation produced by photographers working for Look magazine and U.S. News and World Report. Because the collections often contain images that were published at the time and images that were not selected for publication, they offer documentary evidence for exploring editorial practices and mass communication messages in different eras.
The following unique "Photojournalism Collections" are highlighted in these sections of the guide: