- posted: November 30 @ 7:57am
Day 029 - Photo History 5
Migrant Mother, 1936
Created in 1935 as part of the New Deal in the U.S. the Farm Security Administration was set up to combat rural poverty in the United States.
The FSA had a highly influential photography program that was meant to portray the effects and challenges of the Depression or rural America.
Organized by Roy Styker, photographers such as Walker Evans, Gordon Parks and Dorothea Lange among many others, were given assignments, often scripted and specific, sometimes allowing the photographer freedoms, to document the rural poor to show the progress of the government programs.
Dorothea Lange's photograph became the icon of the program, published in newspapers and magazines around the country and helped relate "people to the land and vice versa" (Roy Styker)