26 September 2006

Farm Security Administration

Many of the photographers of this huge project aiming at documenting American life during the Great Depression became famous. Today you can find a treasure of more than 160 000 photographs at the Library of Congress American Memory

The picture above is "The Arnold children and mother on their newly fenced and newly cleared land. Note strawberry plants. Western Washington, Thurston County, Michigan Hill"

Photographer: Dorothea Lange, created/published aug 1939


F said...

Strawberry fields forever
or what can I say looking at such
a great picture

F said...

my favorite FSA photographer is a woman named Marion Post Wolcott. Another favorite of mine, though not an official FSA photographer, is Eudora Welty, who photographed many of the same sorts of people and places. Mainly in Mississippi.

Interestingly (maybe) as an American woman, I find this sort fo photograph (FSA rural slice of life) difficult to print "straight" and have had to use liquid emulsion for most of the things I have done in this vein to give it a non-realistic feeling.

at http//:www.jeannewells.com the gallery "The Good Old World" is an example of photographs taken in the deep South -- just a handful of them -- and ways I had to make them my own.

F said...

I forgot to sign again, and mis-typed the link, to boot -- the link is