John Vachon's America.
Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II


Photographs by John Vachon. Edited and Introduction by Miles Orvell.
University Of California Press, Berkeley, 2003. 354 pp., 82 duotone and 36 black-and-white illustrations, 8½x9½".



Publisher's Description
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.

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