FSA: The American Vision

Overview

The photographs produced by the FSA during the Great Depression constitute one of America's greatest artistic legacies. The project launched a stellar group of young photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Walcott, and Gordon Parks, who fanned out across America and created images of intense power and poetry. Thousands of FSA photographs have been exhibited and published, and we may feel that we know them well. For this remarkable volume, ...
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Overview

The photographs produced by the FSA during the Great Depression constitute one of America's greatest artistic legacies. The project launched a stellar group of young photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Walcott, and Gordon Parks, who fanned out across America and created images of intense power and poetry. Thousands of FSA photographs have been exhibited and published, and we may feel that we know them well. For this remarkable volume, however, Gilles Mora and Beverly Brannan immersed themselves in the vast archive at the Library of Congress and emerged with unknown treasures. Theirs is a new view of the achievement of the FSA photographers-the most comprehensive in print-that finally gives them their due as the creators of a new American photographic vision.
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Brannan (A Kentucky Album) opens this fascinating book with an essay explaining the deep impression Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographs taken during the Great Depression left on the American consciousness, identity, and imagination. Mora (Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye) follows in the book's second half with a discussion of the documentary style, how it helped to hew a specific vision of America, and its conscious rejection of aesthetic concerns, which sometimes involved no less attention to artifice. In total, the work of 15 FSA photographers is brought to light, beginning with Roy Stryker's first hires for the Historical Section in 1935 and continuing into World War II with work done for the Office of War Information. An arresting expansion of traditional FSA and New Deal-related monographs (which typically focus on legends Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange), this collection avoids frequently seen, now-iconic imagery. Instead, Brannan and Mora elevate less well-known yet no less compelling photographs and photographers for consideration and carefully reflect on the issue of nostalgia and social realism's contagious obsession with bearing witness. The authors ultimately create a fresh perspective on both the photographers involved and the era itself. Highly recommended for libraries focusing on American social history and photography.-Savannah Schroll-Guz, Weirton, WV Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810954977
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 12.37 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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