“Housing Problems” The “documentary impulse” that was animating still photographers like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange during the worldwide Depression of the 1930s also had a strong influence on filmmaking. Grierson, a Scot, believed passionately that documentary was “a new idea for public education” that should serve a social purpose. This 14-minute film, which advocates for improving housing conditions for the London poor, was said to one of the first to use on-camera interviews with working-class people. Go here to view film


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