The New York Photo League, formed in 1936, listed among its original members a group of progressive Manhattan photographers that reads like a 20th-century photography text book table of contents: Sid Grossman, Aaron Siskind, Minor White, Weegee, W. Eugene Smith. Armed with then-newfangled 35mm cameras and with backing from the New Deal, the League aimed to document the street and elucidate life of the working class and underprivileged. The league's mission, as stated in their newsletter Photo Notes in August 1938, remains poignant today: "Photography has tremendous social value. Upon the photographer rests the responsibility and duty of recording a true image of the world as it is today. Moreover, he must not only show us how we live, but indicate the logical development of our lives".