John Vachon’s America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II

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From 1936 to 1943, John Vachon traveled across America as part of the Farm Security Administration photography project, documenting the desperate world of the Great Depression and also the efforts at resistance—from strikes to stoic determination. This collection, the first to feature Vachon's work, offers a stirring and elegant record of this extraordinary photographer's vision and of America's land and people as the country moved from the depths of the Depression to the dramatic mobilization for World War II. Vachon's portraits of white and black Americans are among the most affecting that FSA photographers produced; and his portrayals of the American landscape, from rural scenes to small towns and urban centers, present a remarkable visual account of these pivotal years, in a style that is transitional from Walker Evans to Robert Frank.

Vachon nurtured a lifelong ambition to be a writer, and the intimate and revealing letters he wrote from the field to his wife back home reflect vividly on American conditions, on movies and jazz, on landscape, and on his job fulfilling the directives from Washington to capture the heart of America. Together, these letters and photographs, along with journal entries and other writings by Vachon, constitute a multifaceted biography of this remarkable photographer and a unique look at the years he captured in such unforgettable images.

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"This fascinating book arrives at just the right moment, making a fresh contribution to renewed public and scholarly interest in the New Deal's FSA photography project and its part in the genesis of modern visual culture. Miles Orvell's skillful assemblage of image and word succeeds brilliantly in evoking John Vachon as both gifted photographer and complex man amidst his turbulent times. Vachon's pictures are at once subtle and truthful, and the texts Orvell has written and collected here illuminate the interplay of individual talent, institutional mandate, and popular ideology that powered the FSA's picture making process."—Maren Stange, author of Bronzeville: Black Chicago in Pictures, 1941-1943

"Miles Orvell has created an intriguing picture of a talented, introspective man as he goes about his work as an FSA photographer during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The various parts of the book come together to give us a non-fiction view of the USA and provide insight into documentary photography and the whole FSA project."—Townsend Ludington, author of John Dos Passos: A Twentieth-Century Odyssey and Marsden Hartley: The Biography of an American Artist

"In this exciting and provocative book, Miles Orvell addresses an extremely important topic in the history of documentary photography. John Vachon's images and correspondence provide a fascinating counter-narrative to the end of American isolation and the coming of World War II. His writings are a trove of information, written with disarming candor and spiced with lively comments not only on his subjects but on a broad range of cultural issues. Orvell's introductory texts are equally compelling."—James C. Curtis, author of Mind's Eye, Mind's Truth: FSA Photography Reconsidered

About the Author:

John Vachon (1914-75) began his long career in photography as a member of the famous Farm Security Administration group that included Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Ben Shahn. The least-known member of the group, he worked for the FSA longer than any of the others, recording in his distinctive style the rural farms, the small towns, and the cities of America, as the country moved from the Depression to World War II. After the war he worked as a photographer for the United Nations and for LOOK magazine. Miles Orvell is Professor of English and American Studies and Director of American Studies at Temple University. He is the author of several books including The Real Thing: Imitation and Authenticity in American Culture, 1880-1940 (1989), American Photography (2003) and After the Machine: Visual Arts and the Erasing of Cultural Boundaries (1995); he is also Senior Editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies (2001).

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Descrizione libro Univ of California Press, Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2003. Hardcover Cloth. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine/As New. John Vachon Photos (illustratore). 1st Edition. As New copy, apparently unused. Working as part of the Farm Security Administration's photography project between 1936-1943, John Vachon recorded the land and people of America as the country moved from the Depression years to WWII. 344 pp., black/white illustrations. Includes Vachon's letters from the field to his wife in which he reflects on American conditions, movies and jazz, the landsape, and on his job fulfilling the directives from Washington to capture the heart of America. This Fn copy has a strong binding and is internally clean and bright, without markings. Fn DJ is Pristine! Size: 9-3/4 x 8-7/8 Inches. Codice libro della libreria 10-400529

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Descrizione libro University of California Press, Berkeley, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First edition.. 345 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. PHOTOGRAPHY. From 1936 to 1943 John Vachon traveled across America as part of the Farm Security Administration's photography project, documenting the desperate world of the Great Depression and also the efforts at resistance - from stoic determination to strikes. This collection, the first to feature Vachon's work, offers a stirring and elegant record of this extraordinary photographer's vision and America's land and people as the country moved from the depths of the Depression to the dramatic mobilization for World War II. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Americana, John Vachon, Miles Orvell, Photography, Letters, Great Depression, World War II, Rural America, Walker Evans, Roy Stryker, Arthur Rothstein, World War Two). book. Codice libro della libreria 14094X1

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