The Farm Security Administration

May 08, 2014

As a result of the New Deal, the United States formed The Farm Security Administration in an effort to combat the rise in rural poverty throughout the country, much as a result of the Dust Bowl. As part of their efforts, the FSA began a photography program that consisted of eleven photographers who were to document the hardships of the American people and the lives they were forced to live. Many of the images depicted sharecropping families constantly on the move living out of cars or tents with weather-worn skin and exhaustion in their eyes. The program lasted for nine years and produced some iconic images from photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Arthur Rothstein.

text by Canbra Hodsdon