FSA Shutter Bugs

Believe it or not use a lot of photo reference for Tug. Fortunately for me government’s Farm Securities Administration hired a cadre of photographers to document the plight of the poor farmer. These photographers (Walter Evans, Gordon Parks, and Russell Lee are among my favorites.) toke amazing pictures of just about everything. Unfortunately, there was debate about what should be photographed and what shouldn’t, the photographers had a habit of snapping pics of just about everything. The program was shut down around 44.

It’s surprising that the government would go out of it’s way to document the after shock of industrial farming, economic disparity, and the like, since the government we’re most used to tends to obfuscate and understate a crisis that power creates.

I found a site that has some audio of a few of the photographers. Their work is great stuff and really worth a look at.

Russell Lee

Russell Lee

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Walker Evans

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