Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Great Depression In Color



Two photographs of children during the Great Depression. Above, Robstown, Texas kids build a toy airplane, and below, a Cincinnati, Ohio boy. Both photos from 1942, above by Arthur Rothstein and below by John Vachon, both for the Farm Services Administration and in the collection of the Library of Congress.

2 comments:

Natalie said...

These are amazing. I am fascinated by both history and photography, and I find it striking what a difference it makes to my impression of the era, the Great Depression, seeing these iconic B&W images in color. While I don't consider B&W photography depressing, the images in color add a sense of optimism, hope, and vibrancy. I still see the poverty, but it is less desperate, bleak.

Rachel Fenton said...

What fantastic photos and all I can think is, there are kids walking about today looking in sorse/poorer shape and there's no (official) depression. I love the expression in the lad's face, staring right at the camera. And the shoes on the lad with the plane...