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Depression Era Photography

During the 1930's, photographers from the Works Progress Administration and the Farm Service Administration fanned out across the country to document how Americans were managing during this challenging decade. The resulting photographs serve not only as a remarkable historical record but also created iconic and timeless images.

This assignment will give you the opportunity to view and analyze these images from social, historic and aesthetic points of view.

Follow these links
http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_14.html http://www.oah.org/pubs/magazine/greatdepression/stevens-fogel-photos.html

and view the wide selection of photos available.

Select three photos and save them to your I drive. For each photo, answer the following questions in Word:

1. What is depicted in the image? Go beyond the caption and use your own skills of observation to describe the photo. Tie this image to life during the Depression.

2. Look at the date and location of the photograph. What was happening in that location during that year? What was life like in this specific area during the depression. Use your research skills to make the connection.

3. Tell me why you selected this photo.

Include the photo in your Word document.

The Dorothea Lange image above is off limits-too much has already been written.