the great depression and photography

Dorthea Lange’s 1936 photo of 32 year old Florence Thompson,  a migrant American mother

Toronto. As we enter into a tariff war once again, there is growing concern we will plunge into another massive depression. It is worth thinking about the last great depression world wide (the dirty 30s), culminating in the second world war.

Some American photographers were commissioned by their government (FSA) to record the sad impact the depression had forcing many families to migrate west in what ever way possible.

The Guardian in the UK commemorates these photographers with its column entitled “A Vision Shared: the photographers who captured the Great Depression“. The photo at left is an outtake of Dorthea Lange‘s definitive photo taken at the same time in Nipomo, California. The column’s title and content is based on the 40th anniversary reissue of Hank O’Neal’s 1976 book of the same name.


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