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An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion - Dorothea Lange & Paul Taylor
First published in 1939, An American Exodus is one of the masterpieces of the documentary genre. Produced by incomparable documentary photographer Dorothea Lange with text by her husband, Paul Taylor, An American Exodus was taken in the early 1930s while the couple were working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) The book documents the rural poverty of the depressio ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Jean Michel Place
(first published January 1st 1975)
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this was actually a Yale University Press hardcover printed for the Oakland Museum in 1969; some photos were familiar yet no less moving.. Text from Paul Schuster Taylor was a bit frustrating.. sense of people talking and no one listening.. worth a look-see for those interested in Dorothea Lange, or Depression era historians or those that would like to be.. or just anyone willing to really look.
Having recently been reading about the American Dust Bowl and the events surrounding it, I had to see this book. Expensive to buy but available in libraries. Lange and Taylor argue the case that a great many Americans needed help to survive the terrible effects of drought, heat, and mistaken farming methods (encouraged by the government). Roosevelt was certainly trying hard and had some success, though he had to overcome the notion that these starving people "brought it on themselves."
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Great book, the photos by Lange are amazing, some of her best. The quotes she used as captions are taken from the men and women she photographed. This is a wonderful art book, and also social and economic history of the US. It is also very hard to find a copy, and I luck up and got the second edition, published by The Oakland Museum that has added photos. Worth the hunt and the read.
Dorothea Lange was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the tragic consequences of the Great Depression and profoundly influenced the development of documentary photography.More about Dorothea Lange...