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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Boys' Choir: 1942

Boys' Choir: 1942

"Portuguese Boy Scouts singing in New Bedford, Massachusetts." Photograph by John Collier, spring 1942. View full size.

John Collier

John Collier co-founded the Visual Anthropology Department at San Francisco University and was teaching there in the 1970s.

The amazing John Collier

Did you know that after John's stint with the FSA photographic project he went to Standard Oil with his mentor, Roy Stryker, and then became an academic? His book "Visual Anthropology: Photography as a research method" was written for anthropologists who carry cameras.

Love it! Can almost hear

Love it! Can almost hear them.

 
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