Jack Delano was Russian-born photographer who lived from August 1, 1914 to August 12, 1997. Delano moved to the United States during the Great Depression, when he began taking photographs for the Farm Security Administration. In addition to his FSA work Delano is known for the striking color photographs he took at rail yards during the 1940s.
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1914-1997. Born Jacob Ovcharov in Kiev, Ukraine. Farm Security Administration photographer noted for his work in Puerto Rico. Here at Shorpy, his large-format Kodachromes of trains and railroads are among the most popular posts.