Social Studies  

This reading room examines social documentary practices pioneered over 100 years ago by photographers seeking social and political change, beginning with the reformers and activists Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. Social Studies turns to artists who have updated, revised, and redefined this tradition over the decades. Cultural and social realms are foregrounded in these works, providing a window into different lives and ways of living around the world. The books collected here reflect an urge to recognize ourselves, feel that we belong, and enact change to create a more just world. The photographers in this Social Studies are often members of the communities they have documented—giving a personal access of their own experience to a wider audience.

Social Studies includes books by: Carmen Winant, Carrie Mae Weems, Dagni Hagy, Dana Lixemberg, Dawoud Bey, Deanna, Lawson, Emma Kemp, Guy Tillam, Irina Rozovsky, Jo Ann Walters, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Mahtab Hussain, Mary Frey, Max Pinckers, Nan Goldin, Nicholas Muellner, Ofer Wolberger, Robert Lyons, Rose Marie Cromwell, Roy DeCarava, Steven B Smith, Tiane Doan na Champassak, Zanelle Muholi and others.

The Spaces Corners Reading Room @ Silver Eye is a rotating collection of influential and obscure photos books from around the world that explore a different theme in each iteration. The reading room is curated by Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar and past reading rooms are archived at the Lab @ Silver Eye. Visitors are welcome to browse and explore the reading room for free and selected books are for sale at Spaces Corners shop online.


Island In My Mind

Irina Rozovsky

The Notion of Family

by LaToya Ruby Frazier

Obscura Primavera

Corine Vermeulen


by Tiane Doan na Champassak

You Get Me?

by Mahtab Hussain

Let It Bleed

by Rona Yefman

In Most Tides An Island

by Nicholas Muellner


by Max Pinckers

Seeing Deeply
by Dawoud Bey

Pictures From The Next Day

by Robert Lyons

Deana Lawson
by Deana Lawson

Liberty Theater
by Rosalind Fox Solomon

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

by Nan Goldin

O Futuro Centro

by Guy Tillim


Dafy Hagai

El Libro Supremo de la Suerte
by Rose Marie Cromwell


by Ellie Uyttenbroek and Ari Versluis

Blue Pool / Cecelia by Emma Kemp and Jo Ann Walters

My Birth

by Carmen Winant

Wood River Blue Pool

by JoAnn Walters

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes

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