Photogrammar

The Dreams Of Cities

I’ve recently discovered the USA’s Photogrammar, which is an online archive of photographs from the mid 1930-40’s. The photographs are the result of a commission to capture and document the lives of the average working class American.

“In order to build support for and justify government programs, the Historical Section set out to document America, often at her most vulnerable, and the successful administration of relief service. The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) produced some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression and World War II and included photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein who shaped the visual culture of the era both in its moment and in American memory. Unit photographers were sent across the country. The negatives were sent to Washington, DC. The growing collection came to be known as “The File.”

These incredible images are now in a digital…

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