John Vachon's America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II / Edition 1

John Vachon's America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II / Edition 1

by John Vachon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520223780

ISBN-13: 9780520223783

Pub. Date: 12/12/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

From 1936 to 1943, John Vachon traveled across America as part of the Farm Security Administration photography project, documenting the desperate world of the Great Depression and also the efforts at resistance—from strikes to stoic determination. This collection, the first to feature Vachon's work, offers a stirring and elegant record of this extraordinary

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From 1936 to 1943, John Vachon traveled across America as part of the Farm Security Administration photography project, documenting the desperate world of the Great Depression and also the efforts at resistance—from strikes to stoic determination. This collection, the first to feature Vachon's work, offers a stirring and elegant record of this extraordinary photographer's vision and of America's land and people as the country moved from the depths of the Depression to the dramatic mobilization for World War II. Vachon's portraits of white and black Americans are among the most affecting that FSA photographers produced; and his portrayals of the American landscape, from rural scenes to small towns and urban centers, present a remarkable visual account of these pivotal years, in a style that is transitional from Walker Evans to Robert Frank.

Vachon nurtured a lifelong ambition to be a writer, and the intimate and revealing letters he wrote from the field to his wife back home reflect vividly on American conditions, on movies and jazz, on landscape, and on his job fulfilling the directives from Washington to capture the heart of America. Together, these letters and photographs, along with journal entries and other writings by Vachon, constitute a multifaceted biography of this remarkable photographer and a unique look at the years he captured in such unforgettable images.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520223783
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/12/2003
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface


Introduction
Photographic Plates
Letters to Penny
Additional Writings
From the Journals
"Standards of the Documentary File"
Shooting Scripts
Correspondence with Roy Stryker
"First Day Out"
"Not a Care in the World"
"Tribute to a Man, an Era, an Art"

Notes
List of Illustrations
Works Cited

Index

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