Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Great Depression In Color

When the Farm Services Administration dispatched photographers during the Great Depression, it was under the auspices of FDR's make work program, the Work Progress Administration. Most of the photographs of that era were made in black and white, with only a handful in color.

These two were made by Jack Delano in September, 1941, at a Rutland, Vermont county fair. Above, a sideshow barker quenches his thirst, while below, comely performers rest between shows. The one on the left looks remarkably like Fran Liebowitz.


steven said...

the one in the middle looks like someone who lives outside of time. she doesn't at all fit. i'd love to know here stories. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

These captured moments in time are fascinating and as steven so rightly says, we want to know more.

Rachel Fenton said...

Very Wizard of Oz!

The costumes in the second one look amazing in colour.

I like the detail in the first pic. Sort of picture I can come back to time after time and see something new in it.