Seeing Afresh: Color Photos of the Great Depression

These early color photos from the Farm Security Administration were taken when my mother was a child, in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Like many people, I’m a great admirer of the iconic photographs of Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and other photographers of the era, but it’s remarkable how much more real and immediate the scenes and people feel in these photos in color.

Click and zoom for a closer look.

Jack Delano

Charles Fenno Jacobs

Louise Rosskam

John Vachon

Marion Post Wolcott

Arthur Rothstein

Russell Lee

More depression-era color photos at the Denver Post blog.

~ by lolarusa on August 13, 2010.

One Response to “Seeing Afresh: Color Photos of the Great Depression”

  1. I wonder what all those skinny, shoeless kids would have thought had they known what an epidemic childhood obesity has become?

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