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How the Government Accidentally Created the Golden Age of Photography

By fotosiamo on October 17th 2012

In addition to photography, I have always been fascinated by 20th century history. Roger Cicala wrote one of his finest articles to date on how the government during the Great Depression accidentally created the Golden Age of Photography through the Farm Security Administration. What started at as a way to promote the Farm Security Administration’s government social programs became the catalyst for many master photographers.

American Way by Margaret Bourke-White
American Way by Margaret Bourke-White

I have seen the great photos from FSA as taken by legendary photographers such as Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-Whiteand Dorothea Lange, but I have never really researched the story behind the FSA, so it’s great to read up on it.

So take 10 minutes out of your busy day, get comfortable, and read Roger’s article on the birth of some of the finest photography of the 20th century. I highly recommend it!


Thanks to Peta Pixel for the link!

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Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    thanks for the link, definitely interesting

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  2. LB

    Excellent article plus, the PBS documentary “Documenting the Face of America” is a must see for any photography enthusiast.

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