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The Likes of Us: Photography and the Farm Security Administration
by Stu Cohen
Featuring 175 duotone photographs, this book not only offers the chance to see a selection of famous and little-known images, but also to go behind the scenes of one of America's most original and creative government-sponsored projects.
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by David R. Godine Publisher
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Housed at the Library of Congress, the archives of the Farm Security Administration constitute an essential visual record of American life from the late 1920s through the onset of the Second World War. Guided by the adroit hands and watchful eyes of the master photo editor Roy Stryker, the FSA archive includes the work of dozens of photographers, from acknowledged giants like Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, and Dorothea Lange to Marion Post Wolcott and Russell Lee, whose names and work may be less fami ...more
The text of this book was written by Stu Cohen some years ago but nothing was published until this 2008 book. The book offers a selection of photos by the FSA photographers but also gives a great deal of context to the program. The excerpts from Roy Stryker's letter exchanges with his photographers are of great interest and previously unpublished. Well worth a couple of hours, the kind of book that just gives pleasure and asks very little in return.