Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs

Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs

by Cara A. Finnegan
     
 

Working for the government's Farm Security Administration in the 1930s, photographers set out across the country to capture the human face of the Depression. Picturing Poverty examines how popular magazines used these images to construct complex and often contradictory messages about poverty. By striving to understand the original context of the photographs,

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Overview

Working for the government's Farm Security Administration in the 1930s, photographers set out across the country to capture the human face of the Depression. Picturing Poverty examines how popular magazines used these images to construct complex and often contradictory messages about poverty. By striving to understand the original context of the photographs, Finnegan shines new light on the meanings of poverty, the Depression, and the various roles of the media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588341181
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/17/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface: A Rhetorical History of Photographs Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: Making Rural Poverty Visible: The Depression, the New Deal, and the Historical Section Chapter 4 1. Imaging Poverty in the Historical Section Chapter 5 2. Social Engineering and Photographic Resistance: Social Science Rhetorics of Poverty in Survey Graphic Chapter 6 3. Intersections of Art and Documentary: Aesthetic Rhetorics of Poverty in U.S. Camera Chapter 7 4. Spectacle of the Downtrodden Other: Popular Rhetorics of Poverty in Look Magazine Chapter 8 Epilogue: Rhetorical Circulation and the Picturing of Poverty

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