Vintage America: The Great Depression in Color


The Farm Security Administration was body created to fight poverty in America during the Great Depression. Among the projects was its famous photography program that launched a number of photographers that would become legends of their own.

Under the bidding of Roy Stryker, he sent out the photographers to different parts of rural and urban America, but its main goal was to document poverty among farmers. For Stryker, it was a way to 'introduce America to Americans', one notable work is from the partnership between Walker Evans and journalist James Agee, who both pioneered literary photojournalism with "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men".

The photographs seen here are rare as they are in color, bringing more realism and accuracy to the intentions and objectives of the FSA. The whole program and series of images have become a national treasure.

Images are from the public domain.

2018-01-10 #culture #photojournalism #walker-evans #james-agee


  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·


  2. virtualsky
    virtualsky ·

    A collection of wonderful photographs. Unfortunately, the next time a depression, like the one in the thirties, hits there won't be many of us who know how to provide for ourselves. There aren't many of us farmers left on the land.

  3. argentic-translation
    argentic-translation ·

    Thank a lot for this part of history :)

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