The Society series contains more photographs than any other category in the collection (4,839 items) and has been divided into six sub-series (Police reportage, Justice, Gender, Environment, Church, Various). It is obvious that the Society series is a broad category which may include several dissimilar subjects, such as homicides, fires, feminist conferences, church elections, and lottery winners. Essentially, this is an “umbrella” category that includes anything that cannot be placed in the other categories. However, in line with the thinking behind journalistic material, we found that the general and abstract concept of society itself is presented in the Press of the era in just as fragmented and multifaceted a way as the photographs contained in this category. Besides, the largest subcategory is Police reportage, with 3,564 photographs, while Justice follows with 414 items. Therefore, the vast majority of photographs in this series are related to the world (and underworld) of crime, which has always been one of the most popular types of photojournalism.
The chronology of the series ranges from 1953 to 1988. However, most of the photographs were taken in the 1970s and 1980s.
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