martes, 2 de agosto de 2011

Dorothea Lange. Madre emigrante. Migrant Mother

Una de las fotografías más famosas del siglo XX es la llamada "Madre emigrante" de la que es autora la fotógrafa Dorothea Lange


Pues bien esta foto pertenece  a la Farm and Security Administration, una serie de fotografías documentales que reflejan la vida en Estados Unidos de América en el periodo 1935-1945.

..............The photographs of the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, formerly an economics instructor at Columbia University, and employed such photographers as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Jack Delano, Marion Post Wolcott, Gordon Parks, John Vachon, and Carl Mydans. The project initially documented cash loans made to individual farmers by the Resettlement Administration and the construction of planned suburban communities. The second stage focused on the lives of sharecroppers in the South and migratory agricultural workers in the midwestern and western states. As the scope of the project expanded, the photographers turned to recording both rural and urban conditions throughout the United States as well as mobilization efforts for World War II..............

En esta web podemos ver una selección de algunas de las fotos más conocidas de este amplio fondo documental conservado en la The Library of Congress .

  • Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother .
Esta famosa foto pertenece a una serie realizada a Florence Owens Thompson y sus hijos en Febrero o Marzo de 1936 en Nipomo California.

.............I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two.  ............

Pero, no son solo estas las fotos que se comentan y muestran en esta web, hay otras que documentan América y sus gentes, destacar sobre todo las de


Por último es buena  tambien la serie titulada

Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination


Dentro del numeroso grupo de fotografos que trabajó para la FSA se encuentra  Arthur Prentiss, fotógrafo que trabajó, fundamentalmente en Oregón.

De este fotógrafo-Arthur Prentiss- pueden ver un álbum  entero de fotos  que documenta la construcción de la Columbia River Highway en Oregón.
Curiosamente este álbum lo encontré en el Rastro de Madrid lugar que todavia hoy, pero en raras ocasiones, se encuentran cosas buenas.



..This album is a collection of 37 photos of the construction of the Columbia River Highway and 5 photos of the John Day Highway. The album is signed by Arthur Prentiss with a stamp at the back of the front cover.


The album was made just when the highway was almost finished, so this is a c. 1917 album.



The album represents views in the State of Oregon of this National Landmark which is also a Escenic Highway.



It has landscapes of  the following counties:

  • Wasco County
  • Hood River County
  • Wheeler County
  • Wallowa County
  • Grant County
  • Tillamook County

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