Quote Originally Posted by Felinik View Post
Very interesting indeed, I think my main "quest" here is to figure out how this started in the documentary/journalistic genre, but of course the genres you mention must have influenced people like Robert Frank and for sure others. Would it be possible for you to dig up and link some old historical master blur from that genre, I'd love to see that!

One thing that comes to mind is Robert Capa's pictures from D-day. Not the first and not intentional, but they have definitely influenced a lot of photographers.

In general, though, documentary/journalistic photographers have always had to deal with existing light, and in the early days often slow lenses and slow film. Blur and grain has always been part of the genre, although it is of course hard (or impossible) to say when it has been for stylistic reasons and when it has been necessary in order to get the shot at all.