Though heirs, in a sense, to the Humanist realism of an earlier generation, the approach adopted by the six photographers was different in a number of ways: they shunned Neo-realist commonplaces and aimed for total honesty; they sought to observe and convey the world directly, sometimes framing shots in order to create immensely-expressive Surrealist images; they were aware that the language of photography has its own characteristics and resources; they were acutely conscious that they were recording ways of life and traditions which were soon to disappear or undergo radical change, and which highlighted the gulf between urban and rural society.
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