Samstag, 26.01.2002

Bei Malorama gesehen:
The black-and-white photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of the 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. Two illustrated lists of frequently requested images from the FSA-OWI Collection, ‚Migrant Mother‘ Photographs and Photographs of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination„, are also available from the Prints and Photographs Reading Room.
Das Foto oben -”Getting ready to serve the barbeque dinner at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair”- hat Russel Lee im Oktober 1940 aufgenommen. Für ein paar Dollar kann man sich bei der Library of Congress einen Abzug davon bestellen.

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