Tuesday, November 3, 2009


     Watched a program on PBS last night about a program that Roosevelt commissioned called Documenting America:Photographers on Assignment. About a dozen noted photographers were commissioned to tour the country and photograph what they saw as the human condition at the time, all with an eye for promoting New Deal Programs. I am going to run some of the photos over the next few days.
     From the government website:
     The black-and-white photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are a landmark in the history of documentary photography. The images show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and increasing farm mechanization. Some of the most famous images portray people who were displaced from farms and migrated West or to industrial cities in search of work. In its latter years, the project documented America's mobilization for World War II. The collection includes about 164,000 black-and-white negatives; this release provides access to over 160,000 of these images. The FSA-OWI photographers also produced about 1600 color photographs.

WALKER EVANS/ photographer
Floyd Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama 1936

Truck Drivers, New York City, 1934

New York City, 1931

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