Friday, June 27, 2008
Old Black Man
This picture was taken on the porch of a general store near Jeanerette, Louisiana. It was taken in 1938 by Russell Lee. During the Great Depression, the government wanted to document the suffering going on across the country, and hired a group of photographers to travel the rural areas of the Nation, taking pictures of everyday people. This work was done through the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Russell Lee was one of the photographers doing this work. Another was Dorothea Lange, who took the famous picture of the woman holding the baby.