There is currently a great exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles that you must check out if you’re in that city. It runs through November 14th so you have plenty of time. It’s called “Engaged Observers” and highlights some of the most important documentary photographers from the 1960’s through today. Topics range from Philip Jones Griffith’s coverage of the Vietnam War to Mary Ellen Mark’s photos of runaway teens in Seattle in 1983 to Lauren Greenfield’s photos concerning current Girl Culture (check out her book of the same title).
This exhibit covers such a wide range of photographers and styles that there is something for everyone. I highly recommend it.