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NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHY
NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHY
NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHY

NEW DEAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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In 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) was founded in the United States with the aim of combating poverty in rural areas of the country. This institution focused its efforts on improving the living conditions of sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and the poorest farmers with resettlement and collectivization programs, as well as the introduction of modernized agricultural methods. Simultaneously, the FSA began a documentation program and hired a series of photographers and writers to capture the lives of the impoverished rural population and "introduce America to Americans."

This volume reveals the enormous importance of the FSA program from 1935 to 1943, reflecting its vigor and commitment to a variety of issues, situations and stylistic preferences. The testimonies and personal impressions of the photographers, divided into four regional sections, gradually build up a precise and indelible portrait of a nation. Color and black-and-white photographs show convicts, cotton field workers, children playing in the streets, and displaced people on the road. Among them, we find victims of the elements of nature and of the different stages of life, along with others who suffer the ups and downs of the world economic market. Like the emblematic Migrant Mother, weathered and exhausted with her two children leaning on her shoulders, by Dorothea Lange.

The common element of all the images is a commitment to the individuality and dignity of each one of the people, all of them witnesses of this particular period of the past of the United States and of the natural cycles of life in which the human being grows , plays, feeds, grows old, gets sick and dies. The lenses of artists as perceptive and sensitive as Dorothea Lange, Jack Delano, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, Walker Evans, and Ben Shahn capture subjects deeply rooted in the misery of the historical moment and caught up in the harshness of their destiny, who face before the viewer with something that only belongs to them: a unique and irreplaceable presence. And often unforgettable.

Author: Peter Walter
Binding: Hardcover
Format: 14 x 19.5 cm
Pages: 608
Multilingual edition: German, French, English.