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Picturing Faith: Photography and the Great Depression

Colleen McDannell


In the midst of the Great Depression, the American government initiated one of the most ambitious national photographic projects ever undertaken. Such photographers as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Gordon Parks, all then virtually unknown, were commissioned to chronicle in pictures the economic struggle and social dislocation of the Depression era. They explored every facet of rural life in an effort to document the troubles, as well as the spirit, of the nation. Fanning out across the country, these photographers captured a nation alive with religious faith—from Dust Bowl migrants singing ... More

Keywords: Great Depression, photography, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, economic struggle, social dislocation, American religion, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300104301
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300104301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen McDannell, author