Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, 170,000 photographs online

Headed by Yale Professor Laura Wexler, historian of race, gender and photography and supported by a team of scholars, archivists and researchers,  Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).

The site is amazing! Using a series of interactive maps the archive can be viewed by photographer, date and location. There is a tree map which allows viewers to browse by classification. For example under the heading People As Such there are 12,241 photographs. Within that there are 73 photographs of Migratory Farm Workers where one finds Dorothea Lange's famous photograph Destitute Pea Pickers in California made in 1936.

Photogrammar is an incredibly rich resource, you can go there HERE.

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