“Backstage at the Girlie Show, September 1941”, from Full Color Depression. On exhibition at the Juanita Kreps Gallery at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University from January 23 to July 23, 2012.
The photographs taken by the Library of Congress’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) team—composed of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Russell Lee, and others, under the leadership of Roy Emerson Stryker—include some of the most recognizable images of rural and small-town America during the Great Depression. Beginning in 1935, the team captured at least 175,000 black-and-white images of cities, towns, and the countryside throughout America’s heartland. Some of the photographers also captured lesser-known color images using a film called Kodachrome. No one knows exactly how many frames they shot for the FSA in color, but only 1,615 survive. Until recently, most of these images had not been seen since they were initially processed by Kodak’s lab in Rochester well over half a century ago.
Speaking so much that I am growing hoarse
My gallery show opens in Las Vegas Feb 5th at the Grant Hall Gallery at UNLV. Opening night party from 6-10pm, burlesque performance at 7:30pm. There will probably be cupcakes.
My year in pictures, day 19: Falling